LSI Announces Development System for Enterprise Video Applications
Proven StarPro silicon and software to enable intelligent media-aware networks
MILPITAS, Calif., April 26 -- LSI Corporation (NYSE:LSI) today announced the availability of a media processing development system based on the LSI(TM) SP2704 StarPro® media processor, which extends the LSI asymmetrical multicore architecture to enterprise video applications using the company's proven family of networking silicon and software. The new development system allows OEMs to build media-aware networks that enable intelligent media and graphics processing in the data center and enterprise network.
Enterprise networking equipment manufacturers are routinely faced with having to integrate proprietary components from multiple sources due to a lack of media-efficient solutions. To address these challenges, LSI has created a system specifically designed for the development of enterprise video applications. The new offering enables OEMs to develop scalable video processing systems more rapidly and more cost effectively.
"The continuing proliferation of new enterprise video services requires higher-performing and more efficient media processors with highly integrated software," said Will Strauss, principal analyst, Forward Concepts. "LSI StarPro processors with video processing software can enable OEMs to develop comprehensive and advanced video network infrastructure."
The media processing development system includes a portfolio of solutions for enterprise network and data center market segments. Containing a complete family of voice and video codecs and frameworks, this highly versatile, reprogrammable platform enables support for new video codecs such as the networking-centric SVC-HD codec. The system also provides a path to future video algorithms for applications such as video analytics, speech-to-text and text-to-speech. The new development system allows OEMs to quickly migrate from the SP2600 family to the SP2700 family while protecting existing investments.
"OEMs are faced with an avalanche of new video services, rapidly evolving standards and increasing bandwidth demands," said Jon Devlin, DSP product line director, Networking Components Division, LSI. "Our media development system for enterprise networks delivers a proven, programmable and scalable hardware solution that future-proofs network investments and enables the delivery of cost-effective any-to-any services."
Development systems are currently being sampled to lead customers. LSI has meeting suites at both Interop, Las Vegas, and Multicore Expo, San Jose, April 27-29. For more information on the SP2700 family of media processors visit http://go.lsi.com/starpro.
LSI Corporation (NYSE:LSI) is a leading provider of innovative silicon, systems and software technologies that enable products which seamlessly bring people, information and digital content together. The company offers a broad portfolio of capabilities and services including custom and standard product ICs, adapters, systems and software that are trusted by the world's best known brands to power leading solutions in the Storage and Networking markets. More information is available at http://www.lsi.com.
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LSI Tarari Content Processor Family Enhanced with High-Performance, Low-Latency Solution
New T2500 device optimized to meet requirements for 20 Gb/s security processing and 100 Gb/s application recognition
MILPITAS, Calif., April 26 -- LSI Corporation (NYSE:LSI) today announced the LSI(TM) Tarari® T2500 content processor, which has been designed to meet the content processing requirements of ultra high-speed, ultra low-latency networking applications. The Tarari T2500 offloads critical security processing and application recognition from the host processor, delivering improved network performance and increased security.
Silicon-based content processors enable security applications to detect intrusions, viruses and other malware at very high speeds with minimal impact on the host processor. In addition, Tarari content processors can be programmed to recognize the data flowing through the network so that specific data types, such as video, can be identified and prioritized over other traffic. As a result, network users can be assured that the data they are downloading is safe, and video users will be able to enjoy a better, uninterrupted viewing experience.
"As the amount of data in the network continues to increase, enterprises and service providers are struggling to scan traffic for security threats and perform application recognition without impacting network performance," said Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at The Linley Group. "The LSI Tarari T2500 content processor helps solve the problems faced by network-equipment OEMs by delivering industry-leading performance without compromising features."
The LSI Tarari T2500 dedicates multiple on-chip resources to significantly reduce latencies and increase single-flow throughput up to 5 Gb/s for improved performance, allowing OEMs to deliver up to 20 Gb/s of security processing or 100 Gb/s of application recognition. It is pin-compatible with existing LSI Tarari T2000 content processors, now includes support for DDR3 memories, and features the PCI Express® Gen 2 interface, doubling bus bandwidth. All LSI Tarari T1000, T2000 and T2500 content processors, including the DPI engine embedded in the LSI Axxia(TM) Communication Processor, use a common API and rule syntax, which maximizes code reuse across multiple platforms and applications.
"Securing networks and identifying time-critical traffic, such as video streaming, are both key elements in next-generation enterprise and service provider networks," said Tareq Bustami, director of multicore communication processors, Networking Components Division, LSI. "The innovative architecture deployed in the T2500 content processor provides unprecedented performance and extremely low latency while supporting the most content inspection rules in the industry."
Tarari T2500 content processors will be available in sample quantities in the third quarter of 2010. For additional information, please visit http://www.lsi.com/tarari.
LSI Corporation (NYSE:LSI) is a leading provider of innovative silicon, systems and software technologies that enable products which seamlessly bring people, information and digital content together. The company offers a broad portfolio of capabilities and services including custom and standard product ICs, adapters, systems and software that are trusted by the world's best known brands to power leading solutions in the Storage and Networking markets. More information is available at http://www.lsi.com.
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products, technology, etc.) are issued exclusively by PR Newswire and
are immediately thereafter posted on the company's external website,
2. LSI, the LSI & Design logo, Tarari and Axxia are trademarks or
registered trademarks of LSI Corporation.
3. PCI Express is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG.
4. All other brand or product names may be trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.
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CONTACT: Dan Devine of LSI Corporation, +1-610-712-6802,
SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 26 -- As a worldwide pioneer in energy efficient silicon solutions, Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL) applauds Silicon Valley representative and one of the leading members of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition, Rep. Michael Honda's (CA-15) efforts to green the consumer electronics (CE) industry with the "Smart Electronics Act," H.R. 5070. Introduced last week, the proposed legislation addresses greenhouse gas impacts and high energy costs created by the proliferation of CE devices throughout the world.
Many of Marvell's technologies help increase the efficiency of today's common CE products. The Company is a vocal proponent of power factor correction (PFC) technology, an almost-forgotten 30-year old innovation that reduces more than 50 percent of the energy that is wasted in the transmission of electricity. Estimates show the volume of CE products consumed throughout the world will more than double to as many as five billion units in the next decade, but Marvell's PFC technology is designed to help reduce the world's carbon footprint at an exponential level through more efficient design.
Sehat Sutardja, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marvell Semiconductors, Inc. states, "Every year, people around the world consume energy from billions of new electronic products--from smartphones, to tablet computers to televisions. All our efforts to make energy consumption more efficient through 'smart grids' and 'smart meters' are wasted if we still have dumb products. The Smart Electronics Act is landmark legislation that will ensure that those new products are more energy efficient and earth-friendly, reducing our resource demands and carbon footprint for generations to come."
Marvell is also committed to educating consumers about energy efficient technologies and behaviors. As founder of the Smart-Electronics Initiative, Marvell will work with fellow CE industry leaders, policy-makers, and other energy efficiency stakeholders to spearhead further studies on issues affecting the industry, helping develop public policies like the "Smart Electronics Act" that reduce energy consumption.
"We're moving beyond the limits of the Internet age to bring consumers something new: the always-on lifestyle with rich live digital content--voice, data, video, photos, music and news--where ever they want it, whenever they want it and in the format they want it in. And as more Internet connected devices such as smartphones, eReaders, tablets, netbooks, and IPTVs, keep us connected for longer hours during the day, buyers need to make smarter decisions about the efficiency of the technology they use," said Weili Dai, Marvell's Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of Marvell Semiconductor's Consumer and Computing Business Unit. "Marvell is a world leader in high performance, ultra low-power semiconductors for greener, feature-packed CE devices. We know that there are many chip-level solutions that can reduce energy waste--from power factor correction technology to digital controllers for light-emitting diodes (LEDs); the Smart Electronics Act will make readily available the type of information consumers need to make responsible choices for the good of our earth."
Jared Ficker with Smart-Electronics Initiative (http://www.smart-electronics.org) recognizes the leadership of both Marvell and Congressman Honda's bill introduction, stating, "We have an insatiable appetite for consumer electronics, and addressing the energy efficiency of these devices through innovation is key. It will take the collaboration of the consumer electronics industry with policy-makers to solve this growing demand for power. We applaud Marvell for driving this national effort."
As more CE products are invented and consumed, the combined efforts of Marvell, Rep. Honda and the Smart-Electronics Initiative are even more important to preserve the long term environmental health of our planet.
Marvell (NASDAQ:MRVL) is a world leader in the development of storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions. The company's diverse product portfolio includes switching, transceiver, communications controller, wireless, and storage solutions that power the entire communications infrastructure including enterprise, metro, home, and storage networking. As used in this release, the terms "company" and "Marvell" refer to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. and its subsidiaries. For more information, visit http://www.marvell.com/.
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Toshiba Launches 32-Bit Microcontroller for Analog Circuit Control in Industrial and Appliance Applications
TMPM380 Microcontroller Features 40 MHz Cortex(TM)-M3 Processor Core to Enable Increased Functionality and More Precise Operation
SAN JOSE, Calif., April 26 -- Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC)*, a committed leader that collaborates with technology companies to create breakthrough designs, today announced availability of a new 32-bit microcontroller (MCU), the TMPM380. The TMPM380 MCU was specifically designed for the digital control of high-current circuits commonly found in industrial or appliance applications. Powered by a 40 MHz ARM® Cortex(TM)-M3 processor core, Toshiba's TMPM380 provides higher performance than the 8- and 16-bit MCUs typically used in industrial or appliance applications, yet at price points similar to the lower-performing alternatives. The new TMPM380 delivers improved operating characteristics, including better energy efficiency and more precise control.
The higher performance provided by the TMPM380 MCU also can enable the addition of new features to an application. For example, speech synthesis could be added to an appliance's user interface so the appliance could provide voice confirmation of user commands and settings. The TMPM380 MCU offers a 5V operation, which delivers better immunity to system noise than a comparable 3V MCU and easier interfacing with other 5V components.
"With the TMPM380 MCU, we are bringing a higher level of digital processing to industrial and appliance applications at a lower price point," said Andrew Burt, vice president of the Imaging and Communications Marketing Group in the ASSP Business unit at TAEC. "By implementing the TMPM380 MCU in their designs, engineers will be able to develop cookers, pumps, compressors, motors or any system controlled by inverters or discrete power devices with better operating characteristics or additional features without increasing system cost."
Toshiba's TMPM380 MCU uses a specialized pulse-width modulation (PWM) circuit, which can generate three-phase control for motor circuits or a 16-bit programmable pulse generator (PPG) control for circuits employing power semiconductors such as IGBTs (insulated gate bipolar transistors) or FETs (field-effect transistors). The MCU has an on-board 12-bit analog/digital converter that can synchronize with the PWM unit to read back system state at critical times. The device also has several safety and fault tolerance features, including software support of the IED 60730B safety standard and oscillator frequency and low voltage detectors. An added benefit of the TMPM380 is that it uses zero-wait state FLASH and SRAM that assures latency time does not vary in unpredictable ways. As a result, designers can develop applications that require deterministic timing. This ability is key in applications requiring analog processing, where precise control loop timing is critical. In addition, the MCU's Cortex-M3 core offers fast interrupt response, especially important in applications where real-time operating systems need to quickly adapt to varying inputs, such as with appliances.
Pricing and Availability
Engineering samples of the TMPM380 MCU are available now. Mass production is scheduled to begin in Q3 2010. The TMPM380 family pricing starts with the TMPM382FSFG (64K Flash / 8K SRAM) at $1.90 per unit in 10,000 unit quantities.
Through proven commitment, lasting relationships and advanced, reliable electronic components, Toshiba enables its customers to create market-leading designs. Toshiba is the heartbeat within product breakthroughs from OEMs, ODMs, CMs, distributions and fabless chip companies worldwide. A committed electronic components leader, Toshiba designs and manufactures high-quality flash memory-based storage solutions, discrete devices, displays, advanced materials, medical tubes, custom SoCs/ASICs, digital multimedia and imaging products, microcontrollers and wireless components that make possible today's leading cell phones, MP3 players, cameras, medical devices, automotive electronics and more.
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, Japan's largest semiconductor manufacturer and the world's third largest semiconductor manufacturer (Gartner, Preliminary 2009 WW Semiconductor Revenue Ranking, January 2010). For additional company and product information, please visit http://www.toshiba.com/taec/.
Information in this press release, including product pricing and specifications, content of services and contact information, is current and believed to be accurate on the date of the announcement, but is subject to change without prior notice. Technical and application information contained here is subject to the most recent applicable Toshiba product specifications. In developing designs, please ensure that Toshiba products are used within specified operating ranges as set forth in the most recent Toshiba product specifications and the information set forth in Toshiba's "Handling Guide for Semiconductor Devices," or "Toshiba Semiconductor Reliability Handbook." This information is available at chips.toshiba.com or from your TAEC representative.
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Coreworx 6.5.1 Introduces Project Controls to Mitigate the Cost and Schedule Risk Common in Today's Complex Mega Capital Projects
HOUSTON, April 26 -- Coreworx Inc., a subsidiary of Acorn Energy, Inc., (NASDAQ:ACFN), is pleased to announce the release of Coreworx 6.5.1 and the Project Controls module.
With Coreworx Project Controls front line managers can monitor and control the execution of project deliverables. As increasing project complexity comes up against the need for faster project execution and growing interfaces, standardized project controls are essential to achieving project success. Coreworx applies best practices in monitoring work progress and calculating earned value along with the real-time integration of plan, actual and forecast data. Managers are equipped to make high impact decisions with complete confidence. With pre-configured reports and web parts to control scope, scheduling and quality, customers can rapidly stand up new projects.
Coreworx 6.5.1 delivers significant new functionality for Owner/Operators, EPCs and Contractors. Customers can expect to see increased flexibility in managing related documents - a key requirement for project engineers to rapidly execute impact analysis when project changes are required. Document processing capabilities have been enhanced to streamline document control with contracting parties. Updates to electronic forms support, increased flexibility in how transmittals are handled and workflow support for out of office rules are also featured. Search performance has been augmented to support higher document volumes across indices and the core security model now considers a contracting party register, capturing the roles that organizations and their employees play within projects.
This latest release provides an extensible backbone for a suite of new product applications. Coreworx 6.5.1 lays the groundwork for the upcoming Interface Management Solution as well as providing functionality for the Coreworx Nuclear Industry Solution and Contract Management.
"Coreworx 6.5.1 broadens our product portfolio to continually help the front line managers, at our customers, respond in real time to the daily challenges of managing the performance of the huge capital project they are responsible for." said Ray Simonson, CEO of Coreworx. "With Project Controls managers can apply the latest best practices in monitoring and controlling engineering, procurement and construction project deliverables across their portfolio of mega projects."
Coreworx 6.5.1 and the Project Controls module are available this week.
Coreworx Inc. provides integrated project execution and information control solutions for mega capital projects in the oil & gas, power and mining sectors. The Coreworx solution is a proven web-based enterprise software system that enables engineering and construction contractors and owner/operators to automate best practices, mitigate business risks and improve performance throughout the entire project lifecycle. Coreworx services a portfolio of projects valued at over $500 billion across more than 50 countries, on more than 400 capital projects with nearly 70,000 users. Coreworx has offices in Houston, Baton Rouge, Calgary, Victoria and Waterloo. For more information, visit http://www.coreworxinc.com. Coreworx Inc. is an Acorn Energy company.
About Acorn Energy:
Acorn Energy, Inc. is a publicly-traded holding company with equity interests in CoaLogix, Coreworx, DSIT, GridSense and US Sensor Systems, Inc. These companies leverage advanced technologies to transform and upgrade the energy infrastructure around the world. Acorn companies are focused on three problems in the energy sector: improving the efficiency of the energy grid, reducing the risk for owners of large energy assets, and reducing the environmental impact of the energy sector. Acorn's strategy is to take primarily controlling positions in companies led by great entrepreneurs. For more information visit http://www.acornenergy.com/.
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Pearson and Xirrus Announce Partnership to Deliver Wireless Learning to Schools
Xirrus' Wi-Fi Arrays Will Run Waterford Early Learning and SuccessMaker Programs Worldwide
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. and CHANDLER, Ariz., April 26 -- The Wi-Fi company Xirrus® and the education services business Pearson today announced a partnership to provide Wireless delivery of the Waterford Early Learning and SuccessMaker digital education programs to elementary and middle schools globally.
Pearson's CEO of Digital Learning Bob Roliardi said, "Our agreement with Xirrus brings together industry leading products to create unprecedented education solutions for millions of students across the globe. Xirrus' Wi-Fi Arrays architecture makes it possible to cut the wire - removing much of the network infrastructure complexities and costs associated with bringing the latest innovations in instructional technology into today's 21st century classrooms."
Xirrus' Founder and CEO, Dirk Gates said, "More and more schools are unplugging from computer labs and bringing the technology closer to the students, and Wi-Fi is the ideal medium to make that happen." He continued, "Today, we are matching up our capabilities to deliver the most coverage, bandwidth, and user density in the industry with the world leader in digital education. This is definitely a milestone for all of us who are vested in creating and employing the latest technologies to advance the education and future of our young people."
Roliardi noted that the Waterford Early Learning digital program provides personalized reading, science and math instruction to students in kindergarten through second grade and that the SuccessMaker instructional software offers adaptive, personalized paths for mastery of reading and math for grades K-8. He said that through extensive testing, Pearson found Xirrus' Wi-Fi Arrays the best solution for providing schools the necessary performance and quality of service to successfully run these digital programs wirelessly.
Xirrus, the only Wi-Fi Power Play(TM), manufactures the Wi-Fi Array® architecture that displaces both overlay Wi-Fi offerings and switched Ethernet or Fast Ethernet to the desktop. Unlike traditional access points, the Wi-Fi Array integrates 4, 8, 12, 16 or 24 802.11abgn radios along with a high-gain directional antenna system, onboard multi-gigabit switch, Wi-Fi controller, firewall, dedicated Wi-Fi threat sensor, and an embedded spectrum analyzer into a single energy-efficient and cost-effective device using 75% fewer devices, cabling, switch ports, power, space, and installation time compared with any other offering. Xirrus products are designed and manufactured in the United States. Xirrus is Wi-Fi Alliance Verisign, PCI, FIPS 140-2, and ISO 9001:2008 Certified. For more information, please visit http://www.xirrus.com/.
About Pearson Digital
Pearson Digital is a leader in digital and online learning through its Waterford Early Learning programs that now have more than 1 million Pre-Kindergarten through second grade students logging on; its SuccessMaker program for Kindergarten through grade 8 with more than two million users globally; and the Novanet program providing comprehensive personalized online curriculum for middle school through adult learners to help meet the need for credit recovery, drop-out prevention and response to intervention needs serving over 3 million students in the past 10 years. For more information, visit http://www.pearsonschool.com/digital
Health Care Law Requires Secure E-Mails and Attachments
Free New Software Offers Protection for Medical Professionals
PHILADELPHIA, April 26 -- A new law that took effect in February calls for substantial new penalties on doctors for something they are doing every day - sending e-mails that include patient information, without encrypting the e-mail.
So, the doctor who answers a patient's e-mail asking for medical advice, and does it without encryption, is breaking the law, and is potentially subject to penalties and fines that can go as high as $1.5 million in a single year!
Many medical professionals remain unaware of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. According to this law, answering a patient's request for a test result, by unsecured e-mail, is a violation. Updating a patient's status, through an unsecured e-mail, is a violation. Sending an unsecured e-mail containing critical health-related information - even during an emergency medical situation - is a violation.
One doctor has developed a free solution to the new law's requirements: JumbleMe, a free software that encrypts e-mails and other electronically transferred information. JumbleMe complies with the new law and protects electronic information from fines that could prove disastrous for medical operations. The encryption protects e-mails and attachments whether they are sent through the Internet or via smartphones.
JumbleMe provides a number of features to ensure the confidentiality of e-mails. It allows medical professionals to encrypt e-mail via a password. Only the intended recipient can read the message. JumbleMe offers numerous enhanced features, including one that limits the number of times an e-mail can be read and another that sets an expiration date - when the e-mail disappears, forever. JumbleMe meets all HIPAA and HITECH Act requirements so that e-mails - and the medical professionals who send them - are protected.
JumbleMe was created by a doctor - Greg Hill, M.D. - for other doctors and medical professionals. Dr. Hill, a Philadelphia family practitioner, knows well the implications of the new regulations on his medical communications - and yours.
"As a doctor, I am just giving back to my peers," Dr. Hill said of offering the software, free, to medical practitioners. "This law impacts everyone in the medical field and finding a solution that helps us all seemed the right thing to do."
JumbleMe's standard software is free. To see a demonstration and to sign up for this free service, go to JumbleMe.com.
Mu Dynamics Introduces Mu Test Suite for IPv6 to Significantly Accelerate and Ensure Successful IPv6 Migration
Initial Customers Include Tier-1 Global Service Providers, Government Agencies
SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 26 -- Mu Dynamics, Inc. (http://www.mudynamics.com), the leader in testing next-generation network services, today announced the availability of a significant addition to its award-winning product portfolio with the introduction of the Mu Test Suite for IPv6. Designed for network equipment manufacturers, government agencies and wired and wireless service providers that need to ensure they can effectively support IPv6 (the next-generation of the Internet Protocol), the Mu Test Suite for IPv6 enables customers to significantly reduce their time to test, and accelerate their IPv6 migration efforts.
Mu accomplishes this by taking a unique adaptive approach to testing NGN services, thus giving these organizations the ability to meet the looming deadlines for IPv6 migration in significantly less time than with traditional tools. Initial customers include Tier-1 global service providers, government agencies, leading network equipment manufacturers and others. Government agencies, in particular, have a set deadline of July 1, 2010, by which time all networking infrastructure procurements must be in compliance with the requirements of the USGv6 Test Program, which mandates conformance, interoperability and network protection testing.
"As an accredited laboratory in delivering IPv6 testing for the USGv6 Test Program, and leveraging our extensive experience in managing the IPv6 Ready Logo program, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab is using Mu's Test Suite to deliver automated testing for network protection devices," said Erica Johnson, director of the UNH InterOperability Lab. "With an impending deadline of July 1 that requires all government agencies to acquire networking equipment that is USGv6 certified, the Mu Test Suite helps us automate tests that otherwise would have needed to be performed manually, saving us precious time."
Since IPv6 introduces a completely new way of addressing end points in a network, IPv6 migration has ramifications from the network layer all the way up to the application layer. Applications using protocols that embed IP addresses such as HTTP and SIP must be thoroughly tested since they will be affected with IPv6. Networking infrastructure such as security gateways and application-aware systems must also be tested for security and resilience to ensure attacks over IPv6 are prevented. Internally developed test cases and static tests tools are limiting due to extensive time and labor requirements - something that most organizations do not have.
The Mu Solution
The Mu Test Suite for IPv6 makes it easy for organizations to create automated test cases:
-- The Mu solution takes traffic from a unique IPv4 environment, and then
auto-generates a comprehensive IPv6 test suite consisting of
custom-tailored tests based on these packet captures
-- Mu's realistic, stateful recreation of IPv4 and IPv6 flows enables it
to accurately emulate different components in both native and
"dual-stack" (transitional) environments
-- Automated regression testing minimizes manual setup of third-party
client devices and versions. With its multi-host simulation ability,
the Mu Test Suite can act as client, client and server, or even
multiple clients and servers testing intermediate devices
-- Mu's adaptive approach and its data-driven testing helps to rapidly
generate thousands of test cases for the complex interactions unique
to each specific system configuration
-- Mu automatically generates thousands of malformed fuzz tests. This
greatly increases test coverage, helping testers and developers find
and fix bugs earlier
-- Mu offers pcapr, a crowd-sourced packet capture repository - now the
largest in the world with more than 59 million packets and over 400
protocols - which includes various tools and utilities such as an IPv4
to IPv6 packet converter
A Tier-1 global service provider is today using the Mu Test Suite for IPv6 to help migrate its internal network to IPv6. Its transition team will be performing feature and resilience tests on over 200 service elements of the network over the coming months in order to find and fix high-severity issues.
"If Y2K was technology's ticking time bomb, then IPv6 is a slow, deadly gas leak," said Simon Berman, Mu vice president of products. "Service providers, government agencies and businesses everywhere are running out of time and IP addresses. If they do not support IPv6 in time, they risk being faced with critical applications that simply do not work, as well as a host of security loopholes, literally freezing their businesses in its tracks."
Mu Dynamics and the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab are offering a complimentary webinar entitled "Innovative Testing Solutions to Ease Your IPv6 Migration" on May 12, at 10 a.m. (PST). To register, please click here.
Mu Dynamics' adaptive approach to testing Next-Generation Network (NGN) services enables customers to dramatically reduce the time to test and deliver higher quality IP services. Mu's unique approach uses service traffic from a customer's environment as the basis for the testing solution, enabling the rapid generation of test cases that accurately and thoroughly test customer's services as a single system - both at the application and infrastructure level. Since its inception, Mu's focus has been to drive the complexity out of NGN services testing for its customers.
Founded in 2005, Mu today has over 100 deployments including within the top five global service providers, the top five networking technology companies, and numerous government agencies. The Mu Test Suite has received many industry awards for product innovation and is quickly becoming the test solution of choice at leading IP services labs worldwide.
Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, more information on Mu's products, solutions, and customers are online at http://www.mudynamics.com/.
Source: Mu Dynamics, Inc.
CONTACT: Jay Nichols of Sterling Communications, Inc., +1-415-992-3210,
firstname.lastname@example.org, for Mu Dynamics, Inc.
Babylon-Enterprise for BlackBerry provides secure access to critical enterprise information, supporting today's exceedingly mobile workforce. Mobile sales representatives can get current data regarding customers, orders and inventory in a single trackball click. Field support engineers can get information while en route to customer premises, and review previous service data with customers during their visit.
Based on the renowned Babylon-Enterprise information access solution, this dedicated BlackBerry® application brings data from business applications to the mobile user's productivity environment in a single click. Babylon-Enterprise for BlackBerry® enables any company's mobile workforce to be more efficient and productive in their jobs while leveraging the organization's existing infrastructure and applications. Organizations can respond swiftly and effectively by putting key information from CRM and ERP systems into the hands of their field service teams and mobile sales force.
Information from all back-office systems is delivered in one interface. Babylon-Enterprise for BlackBerry® system is up and running in just a few days.
Babylon-Enterprise for BlackBerry® enables organizations to accelerate and make more informed decisions, whilst keeping their mobile workforce and executives connected to the critical data in the company's enterprise applications.
"Over 300 thousand corporate users around the world already use Babylon-Enterprise to intuitively access enterprise information systems directly to their desktop," says Zohar Birkman, director of Babylon-Enterprise. "The new solution allows them similar functionality even when they are on the road -- an ability that grants them a competitive advantage and enables them to leverage the investment in the existing information infrastructures. The solution is easily implemented and the simplicity and convenience, that characterizes the Windows version, is copied to the BlackBerry®," asserts Birkman.
About Babylon Ltd.
Babylon.com is a leading provider of language solutions such as online dictionary and translation software, language learning solutions, English writing enhancement and more. The Babylon.com user base exceeds 62 million desktop installations in more than 200 countries.
For more information about Babylon, visit http://www.babylon.com or one of Babylon's free online dictionary and online translation websites.
GREENVILLE, N.C., April 26 -- A Wireless, an Exclusive Premium Retailer for Verizon Wireless, announced today the plans for the opening of their 100th retail store on April 30, 2010 in Waxhaw, N.C. A Wireless now has 100 locations across seven states. The newest retail store is located at 1100 N. Broome Street in Waxhaw. The phone number to the store is 704-243-8411. The store manager is Les Devatt. The district manager is Ed Kuykendall.
Guests are invited to attend the Grand Opening Event and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new location on Friday, April 30, 2010 beginning at 10:00am. There will be music and entertainment for children until 6:00pm. Refreshments will be available and guests will have the opportunity to enter special drawings for phone accessories and other prizes. Members of the A Wireless corporate team as well as executives from Verizon will be present to welcome guests and celebrate the store opening.
In appreciation of customers' support, the A Wireless Waxhaw store will make a donation to the Boys and Girls Clubs of York County at the event. In celebration of the opening of its 100th store, A Wireless will offer Buy One Get One Free on every item in the Waxhaw retail location from April 30-May 2.
"100 stores is a fantastic milestone," stated Rich Balot, President of A Wireless. "This is a true testament to the terrific A Wireless staff and management team who strive each day to offer a customer experience that is second to none."
A Wireless was founded as a partnership in October 1996 in Wilson, North Carolina. The company was incorporated as ABC Phones of North Carolina, Inc. in 1999. A Wireless is an Exclusive Premium Retailer for Verizon Wireless. A Wireless is a privately-held company headquartered in Greenville, North Carolina. The company employs over 500 people at 100 locations in seven states. For more information, please visit http://www.vzawireless.com/.
Verizon Communications Inc., headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 91 million customers nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers innovative, seamless business solutions to customers around the world. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of approximately 222,900 and last year generated consolidated revenues of more than $107 billion.
Source: A Wireless
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NICE Offers Mobile Phone Interaction Recording & Analytics for Addressing Regulatory Compliance Needs of Financial Investment Firms
Open architecture offering will enable financial services firms to reduce risk and adhere to UK FSA requirements
RA'ANANA, Israel, April 26 -- NICE Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ:NICE), a leading global provider of advanced solutions that enable enterprises and security organizations to extract Insight from Interactions, transactions and surveillance to drive business performance, reduce risk and ensure safety, today announced capabilities to enable recording, management, and analysis of mobile phone interactions. The NICE offering has an open recording architecture that is based on industry recording standards, providing an interface to enable automatic recording of incoming and outgoing interactions that take place on mobile devices. The offering may be deployed as part of an existing NICE SmartCenter Interaction Recording implementation, decreasing implementation costs and providing maximum investment protection, or in any telephony environment, with any carrier and Smartphone that is commonly being used. In addition, it will enable companies to reduce risk with automatic alarming and monitoring capabilities for expedient identification and investigation of suspicious events for improved compliance, reduced risk, increased flexibility, minimized total cost of ownership, and ease of use. NICE also announces its Mobile Recording Solution Integration Certification Program for NICE Business Partners that offer the NICE solution and all smart client providers.
The significance and impact of the emerging trend of transactions taking place on mobile devices is reflected by the March 18, 2010 Consultation Paper published by the U.K.'s Financial Services Authority (FSA). In this paper the FSA indicates its plan to require investment firms to record the conversations held by traders on firm provided mobile phones. This follows on the March 2009 requirement for firms to record voice and electronic communications and keep them for six months to discourage insider trading. The NICE mobile recording solution will enable financial services firms to adhere to FSA requirements and other like regulations relating to financial transactions that take place via mobile phones.
"There is clearly a desire for mobile phones to replace desktop voice hardware in many scenarios in the financial markets, where they could be used as the primary interaction device to run trading tools and perform financial transactions," said Rik Turner, Senior Analyst, Financial Services Technology at analyst firm Ovum. "With legislating coming in mandating call recording for mobiles too, this places a burden on firms to ensure compliance, even when the device being used is not part of the fixed-line infrastructure. Being able to record trader interactions regardless of the type of phone that is used, fixed or mobile, in a way that doesn't require replacing the existing recording infrastructure is the key to managing risk effectively and cost efficiently."
NICE's solution is based on an open architecture that can interface directly with the trader's handset via a smart client, a mobile phone application that resides on the trader's handset, or with a compliance server that is located on premises. Both the smart client and the compliance server automatically and simultaneously conference any interaction on the mobile handset to the NICE recording server with minimal impact on the user's mobile experience. The open recording architecture of the NICE solution enables NICE business partners and mobile service providers who offer smart clients to seamlessly integrate with the NICE recording platform, while enabling the trading services firms to leverage their existing recording infrastructure and enjoy flexibility in the selection of the smart client provider.
"NICE brings with it over 20 years of market leadership and experience in providing compliance solutions to the global financial services industry, and with our unique approach to recording, analyzing and managing mobile interactions we are changing the face of the industry once again," said Udi Ziv, President of the Enterprise Product Group at NICE. "By offering an open solution, we enable all of our partners and all smart client providers to offer NICE's enterprise grade compliance recording solution to financial services customers; while enabling firms to deploy the solution with any mobile phone in any telephony environment, with unmatched flexibility, efficiency and reliability."
About NICE Systems
NICE Systems (NASDAQ:NICE) is the leading provider of Insight from Interactions solutions and value-added services, powered by the convergence of advanced analytics of unstructured multimedia content and transactional data - from telephony, web, email, radio, video, and other data sources. NICE's solutions address the needs of the enterprise and security markets, enabling organizations to operate in an insightful and proactive manner, and take immediate action to improve business and operational performance and ensure safety and security. NICE has over 24,000 customers in more than 150 countries, including over 80 of the Fortune 100 companies. More information is available at http://www.nice.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, including the statements by Messer Ziv, are based on the current expectations of the management of NICE-Systems Ltd. (the Company) only, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results or performance of the Company to differ materially from those described herein, including but not limited to the impact of the global economic environment on the Company's customer base (particularly financial services firms) and the resulting uncertainties; changes in technology and market requirements; decline in demand for the Company's products; inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications; difficulties or delays in absorbing and integrating acquired operations, products, technologies and personnel; loss of market share; pressure on pricing resulting from competition; and inability to maintain certain marketing and distribution arrangements. For a more detailed description of the risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company, refer to the Company's reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 20-F. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise them, except as required by law.
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Spare Backup Partners with Venicom to Provide Online Data Storage Services
PALM DESERT, Calif., April 26 -- Spare Backup (OTC Bulletin Board: SPBU) today announced that it has entered into a distribution relationship with Venicom. Venicom Inc. is considered one of the Premier National Master Agencies in the telecommunications industry. Founded in 1998 by current CEO Robert Goble, Venicom Inc., is a privately held corporation with corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, AZ, with several sales offices located throughout the United States. As a representative for Tier 1 Regional and National Telecommunications Carriers, Venicom Inc. offers a dynamic portfolio of products and services, such as Local, Long Distance, Data, Internet Connectivity and Wireless Services. This allows Venicom Inc. to meet a customer's needs across all technical and geographical boundaries.
Spare Backup will provide an order entry form, collect revenue, handle customer support and generate sales reports. Venicom will train their telemarketing staff to sell Spare Products. The product will be branded Spare Backup, and customers who order Spare's product will receive an email with a link directing them to a pre-populated registration page to download Spare's backup software solution. Venicom telemarketers connect with in excess of 100,000 customers on a month to month basis.
"We are pleased to partner with Venicom and add them to our growing list of distribution partners. This relationship is another example of our ability to attract proven high profile business partners and helps to further expand our footprint. We are excited about introducing our product to the telemarketing methodology. Our storage solution is a natural extension of Venicom's core competency and we look forward to introducing our mobile product to further expand upon Venicom's service offering," stated Cery Perle, CEO of Spare Backup.
"As a Total Solutions Provider in the communications industry, we are pleased to add Spare Backup's fleet of services to our existing product portfolio. Spare Backup is an innovator and leader in secure data storage. We feel this partnership will only further enhance our ability to be the sole contact for all our clients connectivity and communications needs." Robert Goble CEO, Venicom, Inc.
About Spare Backup, Inc.:
Spare Backup, Inc. specializes in helping consumers, small office/home office users and small to mid-sized businesses protect their computer data quickly, automatically and cost-effectively. The company's flagship Spare Backup product is the first totally automated online backup service that intelligently selects, secures and stores files without any user intervention, automatically backing up documents, email, music, photos and other PC files on a continuous basis or according to the schedule of the user's choice. The company recently has launched a suite of services in consumer cloud computing. The company is headquartered in Palm Desert, California
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Akamai and Coradiant Deliver Global End-User Visibility for Enterprises Accelerating Applications in the Cloud
Technology partnership yields Coradiant(R) TrueSight(R) Edge for Akamai, providing enterprises with Cloud application delivery assurance
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and SAN DIEGO, April 26 -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, and Coradiant Inc., the leader in web application performance management, today announced the release of Coradiant® TrueSight® Edge for Akamai, a custom-built, software-based product that provides performance visibility into Web applications delivered by Akamai. Available on a monthly subscription model, Coradiant TrueSight Edge for Akamai provides enterprises with enhanced capabilities to visualize, manage and optimize the performance of global applications in the cloud, delivered over the Akamai EdgePlatform(TM).
Enterprises trust Akamai for improved application performance, availability, and security and also benefit by eliminating additional costly capital expenditures for datacenters and server infrastructure. Coradiant TrueSight Edge for Akamai offers detailed viewer, traffic, and performance metrics with interactive dashboards and geographic drill-down capabilities. The product is designed to help enterprises gain greater visibility into end user performance to ensure consistent service levels and better adoption of Web applications globally.
"Leveraging Akamai for global Web delivery is essential. At the same time, knowing how well our applications are performing across the globe is vital. TrueSight Edge's Global Application Delivery dashboard allows me to easily measure the positive impact of the Akamai network on performance across the globe," said Steven Conine, CTO CSN Stores (http://www.csnstores.com). "For the first time, we are able to instantly see the performance we deliver through the cloud to every end-user, with full visibility to how every transaction performs at all times."
"Any method of testing performance from anything other than the actual viewpoint of end-users is flawed. In order to make good operational decisions, IT managers need to be able to see performance in real time, so they know exactly what users are experiencing at any given instant, from any particular geography," said Lydia Leong, Research Director at Gartner.
Coradiant TrueSight Edge for Akamai includes an easy-to-deploy, software-based virtual appliance that is located in the customer's data center. The interactive, built-in dashboards and detailed statistics enable IT to monitor end user performance of their applications delivered over the Internet. Additionally, it provides a side-by-side comparison of performance of applications delivered with and without Akamai.
-- Displays real-time visualization of application traffic worldwide
-- Accurately measures application performance as perceived by the end
-- Provides executive dashboards with full visibility across all users in
-- Compares application performance delivered using Akamai versus other
-- Collects actionable data required to optimize Akamai delivery and page
design for best performance
"The end-user perspective provides the only accurate point of view to effectively optimize the delivery of complex global Web applications," said Ali Hedayati, president and COO of Coradiant. "Our partnership with Akamai provides enterprises with critical information needed to optimize their Web applications."
"With clear visibility into the end user experience on a global basis, organizations can quantify the impact of the Akamai Web Application Accelerator service," said Willie Tejada, vice president, Application and Site Acceleration at Akamai. "Our joint solution gives our enterprise customers insight into the performance of their Web applications that makes it possible to rationalize their application delivery investment."
The Coradiant TrueSight Edge for Akamai product is available today for enterprises through Akamai.
Coradiant® is the leading provider of solutions used to manage, optimize and troubleshoot Web applications. Coradiant's award-winning TrueSight® products use customer metrics gathered from each Web user visit as their primary data source for IT management. Coradiant Web Performance Management products are deployed in hundreds of leading organizations and Fortune 500 companies including software as a service (SaaS), e-commerce, entertainment, finance, insurance, healthcare, and education. Coradiant is headquartered in San Diego. For more information, please visit http://www.coradiant.com.
The Akamai Difference
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering video, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit http://www.akamai.com.
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The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai Technologies, Inc.'s management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by hackers or others, failure of technology to accurately detect the locations of end users, malfunctioning systems so that data is not automatically or continuously updated and other factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
Demandforce Launches Innovative New Features Within Their Demandforce D3 Product
Industry-leading SaaS provider to release new technology for its 11,000 registered business users to connect with over 18 million end consumers Also announcing beta availability of Demandforce Mobile
SAN FRANCISCO, April 26 -- Demandforce, the leader in consumer demand creation for small-business, today announces new features added to their flagship product, Demandforce D3, serving over 11,000 business users, including dental practices, automotive repair facilities, spas and salons. The company is also announcing the launch of its new mobility solution, Demandforce Mobile, in beta for select users.
Demandforce D3 is a software-as-a-service application used by thousands of customers to grow revenue, keep clients coming back, and manage operations more effectively using email, text messaging, online appointment scheduling, reputation management tools and 3rd party Internet services. Demandforce D3 integrates seamlessly with existing small business work flow systems to deliver unparalleled results, including guaranteed revenue generation, customer satisfaction, retention and new customer recruitment. Demandforce helps small business thrive in the Internet economy.
The new features added to the Demandforce D3 product include:
-- Hotlists: Integration of a comprehensive Hotlist feature, enabling
businesses to regain revenue from cancelled appointments with the
click of a button.
-- Reminders: Manufactured suggested maintenance reminders and shop
recommended maintenance reminders, sent automatically.
-- Quick notes: Ability to add private notes to each record, allowing
business to share safe data and customize their business processes.
-- For the enterprise, location measurement: Comprehensive measurement of
all email marketing conducted for enterprise locations at once.
-- Custom HTML uploads. Power users can now upload customer HTML into
-- Canadian text messaging. Text messaging in Canada now supported for
the growing base of Canadian Demandforce users.
All new features announced today are available at no additional charge to new and existing users of Demandforce D3.
In addition, meeting the needs of business owners who want the power and flexibility that mobile solutions provide, Demandforce Mobile is now available to participants in the company's beta program. Demandforce Mobile puts your business in the palm of your hand, allowing users to access critical business data in real time, wherever they are, from any smart phone.
"These features are yet another testament to our dedication to provide our customers with the most advanced forms of both online and offline communication," Patrick Barry, vice president marketing, Demandforce. "We are continually innovating, and these features further advance our leadership in the consumer demand solution space for small business."
Demandforce is paving the way for the service industry to rapidly grow their businesses while maintaining their current customer base with near-zero time and effort involved. Demandforce is the industry's best consumer demand creation solution available on the market and is able to scale with the service industry business needs.
Founded in 2003, Demandforce provides the leading software-as-a-service provider for small business. Our service is used by thousands of our customers to grow revenue, keep clients coming back, and manage operations more effectively. Demandforce's flagship product, Demandforce D3, connects Demandforce clients to over 18 million end consumers using email, text messaging, online scheduling and reputation management tools, and third party Internet services. Demandforce has achieved 18 quarters of over 80% year-over-year quarterly growth and is led by a management team with over a decade of experience developing and delivering web-based applications that drive real, tangible business value. Demandforce, Inc is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. To learn more visit http://www.demandforce.com.
Source: Demandforce, Inc.
CONTACT: Jennifer Dancy of Demandforce, 1-800-246-9853,
XDepth R&D Team Is Working on HDR Video Camera Technology and Releases XDepth Raw Converter Update
Efforts are aimed at creating HDR video camera and recording system prototypes to demonstrate real-time HDR capturing and video compression based on XDepth High Dynamic Range video technologies.
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, April 26 -- XDepth Raw Converter, a free software for digital raw photo development and image compression, gets a major update by implementing the exclusive XDepth-HDR technology.
XDepth Raw Converter users will now be able to load, save and process High Dynamic Range images using both ".hdr" Radiance and XDepth-HDR file formats.
XDepth-HDR allows standard Jpeg-1 images to carry and restore HDR data while being 100% compatible with any Jpeg-compliant software. The updated version of XDepth Raw Converter also includes automatic Internet updates and support for the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.
It's now possible to appreciate the full set of proprietary XDepth image compression technologies, featuring Raw, 48-bit and HDR Jpeg-compatible image compression systems now included in XDepth Raw Converter.
XDepth researchers also announced that breakthrough High Dynamic Range Video Camera and video compression system prototypes are being developed.
The XDepth HDR Video system prototype would consist of a hardware camera system able of capturing 720p footage at 30 frames per second providing full high dynamic range video and a real-time HDR video compression system based on XDepth HDR-Video technologies.
The system is meant to produce HD-HDR video footage encoded using any commercially available video codec while maintaining HDR data and base codec backward-compatibility.
D-Link to Demonstrate Global Leadership in Delivering Enterprise-Class Business Solutions at Interop 2010
Showcase will Feature Powerful, Yet Affordable Mid to Large-Enterprise Solutions in Switching, Storage, Wireless, Security and IP Surveillance; Introduction to New VIP Channel Partner Program
LAS VEGAS, April 26 -- Interop, Booth #1331 -- D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for business, will display its robust, yet cost-effective mid-to-large enterprise solutions and unveil a revamped VIP Channel Partner Program during Interop, here April 25-29.
The booth will also include a D-Link® VIP Channel Partner Center with sign-up kiosk, host guest customers discussing business implementation testimonials, present an informative 'Myth Busters' parody, and spotlight case studies that attest to D-Link's business solution strengths in healthcare, hospitality, and education.
D-Link will announce several new business solutions at Interop, including:
The D-Link xStack(TM) Chassis Series (DGS-8000), the company's first chassis line, is a powerful yet affordable series of switches for core-to-edge applications in mid-to-large enterprise network environments. This series of business-class network switches are the company's top-of-the-line units designed for high performance, energy-efficiency, scalability, maximum security, modular resiliency and high-availability (HA) -- features found only in more expensive competitive products.
The D-Link DSN-5000 Series of xStack SAN Arrays offer what IT and data center managers want in a storage solution: High-Availability (HA) configuration, future-proof capacity expansion with free firmware upgrades, an easy to manage graphical user interface (GUI), energy efficiency and system virtualization. Available in three models: DSN-5110 (4 x 1GbE ports per controller), DSN-5210 (8 x 1GbE ports per controller) and DSN-5410 (1 x 10GbE port per controller), D-Link's new SAN storage solutions are designed to optimize disk-to-disk backup, archiving, video surveillance and other key applications.
The D-Link L2+ Unified Wired/Wireless Gigabit Switch (DWS-4026) is a cost-effective unified switch and access point combination packed with next-generation technology to provide optimum network performance for mid-to-large enterprises and service providers. It offers network administrators the ability to manage up to 64 D-Link Wired Unified 802.11n Access Points (DWL-8600AP) by itself, and up to 256 DWL-8600APs in a switch cluster. The full-featured DWS-4026 offers the much-needed flexibility and versatility found only in more expensive unified switches.
The D-Link 'Value in Partnership' (VIP) Channel Partner Program, aimed at providing simplicity, profitability and commitment to its resellers, will be introduced during Interop. The streamlined program provides partners with a comprehensive set of resources - certification requirements, partner portal, deal registration, loyalty rewards, operational efficiencies, marketing, and demand creation - to help maximize operating efficiencies and offer an increased value proposition. A key component of the VIP Channel Partner Program is the D-Link Certification Program, created to provide partners with sales and technical competencies required to design and sell D-Link solutions.
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is an award-winning designer, developer and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice, data and video communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link Systems, Inc. headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (714) 885-6000; FAX (866) 743-4905; Internet http://www.dlink.com.
Gen2Media Corporation Announces Launch of New Name 'Vidaroo'
Name and Symbol Change to Vidaroo Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: VIDA) Reflects Focus on Video Publishing Technology, Content Services, and Ever-Growing Network
ORLANDO, Fla., April 26 -- Gen2Media Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: GTWO) an innovative video technology company offering an Online Video Platform, video production, and online video advertising, announces the launch of its new name "Vidaroo", (BULLETIN BOARD: VIDA) which will be the universal brand for the Company's video technology platform, content services and network. Gen2 has procured the trademark rights to Vidaroo, and will now market all of its core products and services under that trademark and brand. The new corporate name is Vidaroo Corporation and the stock symbol is VIDA.
"The launch of Vidaroo is a culmination of 3 years of work in developing our video technology platform, content services and network. With the recent release of Gen2's newest software, and now the branding of the platform, this naturally crystallizes under one brand name, Vidaroo, the focus of the Company's offerings, video platform technology, content services and network," states Mark Argenti, CEO Gen2Media Corporation.
"Vidaroo is a better reflection of who we are and what we do. It is a name worthy of the technology, the dedication, and the philosophy of all of our learned experience over the past three plus years. We wanted the corporate name and ticker symbol to also reflect this focus as we exited development stage and brought our video technology to market," continues Argenti.
Gen2 Co-Founder and President Mary Spio notes, "This is an incredibly exciting milestone for our Company. Vidaroo makes everything video so simple and easy for our clients - from content creation, to our ever-growing online video platform which now has access to over 10 million visitors monthly, to our Online Video Platform which is second to none. We are truly the best asset anyone could have in publishing video, and Vidaroo now reflects the 'automagic' nature of our offerings in one simple word."
About Vidaroo Corporation
Vidaroo Corporation is a video technology company that provides the best-in-breed Online Video Platform, video production and advertising on its Online Video Network that reaches over 10 million visitors monthly. Vidaroo has earned the trust of a growing customer base including advertising agencies, iconic artists, media companies, organizations, businesses, and national brands such as Microsoft, Coca-Cola Company, Tribune News Company, Toyota, Emmis Communications, Clear Channel, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and more. Vidaroo's Online Video Publishing Technology enables firms to easily create, deliver and monetize video and advertising. The Company has offices in New York City and Orlando. For more information, please visit http://www.Gen2Media.com.
Source: Gen2Media Corporation
CONTACT: Jerry Jennings of Emerson Gerard Associates, +1-561-881-7318,
email@example.com, for Gen2Media Corporation
Brocade Announces Comprehensive Network Connectivity Support for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2
Industry-Leading Networking Technologies Enable High Availability and Seamless Management Capabilities for Reliable Access to Mission-Critical Enterprise Data
JAKARTA, Indonesia, April 26 -- Brocade(R) (NASDAQ:BRCD) today announced that its leading-edge storage networking solutions support and optimize Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 to provide customers with comprehensive solutions for reliable access to mission-critical data. As a powerful and cost-effective database solution, SQL Server is deployed by enterprise customers to meet a variety of organizational and departmental needs. The latest iteration - SQL Server 2008 R2 - builds upon this momentum to deliver new features and functionalities, including more efficient IT capabilities and expanded reporting and analytics.
Building upon years of proven performance, Brocade provides the crucial storage networking components required for optimal operation of SQL Server, including high levels of I/O performance resulting in lower latency, server prioritization functionality to allow for flexible database configurations and true end-to-end monitoring and reporting capabilities. Brocade storage networking solutions provide industry-leading connectivity capabilities in the form of:
-- Brocade storage area network (SAN) switches and directors, as well as
Brocade 815/825 8 Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), to
provide industry-leading performance and management of database traffic
-- Brocade 8000 Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) switches and Brocade
1010/1020 10 Gbps converged network adapters (CNAs) for converged
-- Brocade FCX Series switches and Brocade TurboIron 24X 1 Gigabit
Ethernet (GbE) and 10 GbE products for iSCSI SANs
-- Brocade Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) which provides end-to-end
network management from server to storage, including integration with
Microsoft System Center
The two companies are developing solutions designed to support some of the most challenging business requirements their customers face. For instance, the growth of cloud computing platforms is placing increased demands on database performance, which is highly reliant on network connectivity capabilities. In order to help ensure that the data maintains its integrity and is readily accessible and secure, the networking infrastructure must be able to work seamlessly with the server to provide the necessary level of performance for the delivery of critical business applications.
"Brocade networking technology and server connectivity solutions are an instrumental part of a Microsoft SQL Server deployment and help ensure optimal performance of the application for high availability and quick access to mission-critical data," said Claude Lorenson, director of SQL Server marketing at Microsoft Corp. "With the release of SQL Server 2008 R2, Microsoft is working closely with Brocade to push the limits of scalability and performance for our mutual customers."
"In today's competitive business climate, customers are looking for best- of-breed solutions that can dramatically help them realize real return on their IT investment," said Bob Braham, vice president of Product Marketing at Brocade. "The continued proliferation of data-intensive services and applications, as well as the expectation of 'anywhere, anytime' access is placing unprecedented demands on database technologies. The interoperability of Brocade's industry-leading storage networking technology and products with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 translates into reduced monetary and operational risk and increased performance and security for enterprise customers."
Unfaltering network connectivity and the ability to efficiently optimize network resources from a central location are components that are critical to the optimal performance of SQL Server. Brocade storage networking solutions have been tested for interoperability with the latest feature enhancements to SQL Server 2008 R2, providing customers with the assurance that their existing Brocade storage networking infrastructure will continue to deliver high availability and optimal access to data without compromising the performance of other IT resources.
These solutions are available today through Brocade OEMs and certified channel partners.
-- Video featuring Microsoft's Anu Chawla on how Brocade SAN and IP
networking technologies optimize performance of SQL Server 2008 R2:
-- "Brocade Awarded Storage Networking Design Win for Microsoft SQL Server
2008 Data Warehouse Reference Architectures": http://bit.ly/4by41w
Brocade (NASDAQ:BRCD) develops extraordinary networking solutions that enable today's complex, data-intensive businesses to optimize information connectivity and maximize the business value of their data. For more information, visit http://www.brocade.com/ .
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Book-a-Billboard.com Introduces First Outdoor Media Buying Platform
New site changes the way media buyers and sellers interact
NEW YORK, April 26 -- A New York start-up is revolutionizing the way outdoor media sellers interact with the buyers. The company, Book-a-Billboard.com, provides advertisers with a one-stop solution that allows making media buying and placement decisions easy and fun.
Book-a-Billboard.com helps media buyers to make split-second decisions by allowing them to access information on billboard availability across the country and search through listings by state, zip code, media type, and rate. When the buyer finds a match, he or she can contact the owner directly and proceed with the booking. If an advertiser wishes to shop around and receive multiple offers by email, the site's "Request for Proposal" feature allows them to post campaign parameters, sit back, and watch proposals arrive.
In addition to aggregating information about outdoor media availability, Book-a-Billboard is currently testing a real-time bidding platform that allows media buyers and sellers to instantly negotiate and trade available billboard space. The RTB platform is powered by technology developed by Mercurus.com.
Book-a-Billboard.com is a neutral party in the advertising process, providing a level playing field and equal opportunity for companies of all sizes. All services are currently offered free of charge.
MediaBuyerPlanner.com calls this, "a new way to purchase billboard space, giving outdoor media buyers a way to find information about billboards aggregated in a single space."
This is the solution that do-it-yourself advertisers have been waiting for. It also provides agencies with relief from the cumbersome campaign planning process by having all available billboard space and rates consolidated into a single user-friendly database.
Finally, Book-a-Billboard.com offers billboard owners a terrific opportunity to gain the kind of incremental reach that would otherwise be unavailable to them. The market obviously likes it, as the company has had a healthy flow of new listings since inception.
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'It Pays to be Popular on Facebook and Twitter' Campaign Launched by Subvert and Profit
BETHESDA, Md., April 26 -- Subvert and Profit today announced the "It Pays to be Popular on Facebook and Twitter" Campaign that rewards its social media crowdsource workers with new task bonuses based on the number of friends and followers a User has on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Subvert and Profit Users earn money for fanning Facebook pages, following Twitter accounts, tweeting URLs, hashtags and phrases and posting phrases and URLs to their walls in a unique service rolled out by Subvert and Profit in January 2010. The new campaign pays task bonuses when Users have more than 50, 200 or 350 friends or followers.
Subvert and Profit Users are paid to make social actions such as voting and viewing web content that is embedded into 21 social networking sites where Subvert and Profit operates. Subvert and Profit Users based in the U.S. with more than 350 friends can now earn $0.55 for a wallpost or tweet while those with less than 50 friends earn $0.25 per task. Friend levels between 200 and 349 and between 50 and 199 earn $0.45 and $0.35 respectively per task.
Subvert and Profit Director Andrew Nellis said "The 'It Pays to be Popular' campaign is designed to attract and reward super-users in a way that meets strong demand from our advertisers for our Facebook and Twitter service. With this social media innovation, the more friends Users have, the better the message resonance and the more lasting the customer engagement."
About Subvert and Profit
Subvert and Profit is a social media crowdsourcing company acquired by Crowdsource Corp. Since 2007, advertisers and search engine optimizers have placed thousands of print, blog, audio and video content assignments that Subvert and Profit has advanced to site front pages, where they have received millions of views. By crowdsourcing votes, views and fan assignments to its over 30,000 worldwide users to pump stories, music and videos to popularity, Subvert and Profit offers the best priced form of customer connection on social network sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Delicious, thesixtyone, ILike, Mixx, Reddit, Propeller, DailyMotion and Stumble Upon. Subvert and Profit successfully delivers a diverse supply of unique votes, fans and followers by real users.
Source: Subvert and Profit
CONTACT: Laurie Parrinello of Subvert and Profit, +1-360-701-6114,
Publisher Celebrates Brand Launch by Offering Two Free eBooks
BIRMINGHAM, England, April 26, 2010-- Packt Publishing (http://www.PacktPub.com), a fast-growing publisher
specializing in focussed IT books for developers and professionals, has
announced the release of two free eBooks in celebration of the launch of two
new brands, Packt Open Source and Packt Enterprise.
Packt has released Microsoft Office Live Small Business: Beginners'
Guide, and Qmail Quickstarter: Install, Set Up and Run your own Email Server
as free PDFs for all those who log-in to their website, http://www.PacktPub.com.
"As a publisher in the IT market, Packt is unique in being able to
specialize tightly on niche technologies - certainly technologies other
publishers would consider niche", said Packt Open Source publisher, Douglas
Paterson. "Yet the market as a whole is growing. Research has shown
<http://www.bull.com/p/register.php?id2> that 45% of businesses now use
open source technology for mission-critical applications. There are so many
new projects being released, and so many more projects moving to new levels
of maturity and popularity, that our ability to specialize is being tested."
"The sheer number of technologies, all the time becoming more
sophisticated and interconnected, means that specialization is the key to
developing the IT books people really need," adds James Lumsden, publisher
for Packt Enterprise. "Within the Enterprise brand, our editors and
development teams are now able to focus their efforts and dig deeply into
enterprise specific technologies, to develop the best and most relevant books
possible. The same principle holds true for the Open Source brand."
Packt Enterprise books will be published on technologies developed by
vendors for Enterprise customers, and offer distilled knowledge to a wide
variety of IT professionals, from administrators to developers, architects to
Meanwhile, Packt Open Source books will focus on technologies built
around open source licences. "This will enable us to build stronger
relationships with open source projects, and broaden our contribution to the
open source world through our Open Source Royalty Scheme," concluded
Packt Publishing (http://www.PacktPub.com) is a modern, unique publishing
company with a focus on producing cutting-edge books for communities of
developers, administrators, and newbies alike.
Packt's books and publications share the experiences of your fellow IT
professionals in adapting and customizing today's systems, applications, and
frameworks. Our solutions-based books give you the knowledge and power to
customize the software and technologies you're using to get the job done.
Packt books are more specific and less general than the IT books you have
seen in the past. Our unique business model allows us to bring you more
focused information, giving you more of what you need to know, and less of
what you don't. For more information, please visit us online.
Source: Packt Publishing Ltd
Contacts: Packt Publishing, Mark Nichols, +44(0)121-683-1170, contact@PacktPub.com
DediPower's Five Point Audit to Kick-Start Managed Cloud Migration
READING, England, April 26, 2010--
- Managed Hosting Consultant Outlines Five Key Criteria to Help
Enterprises Establish Their Strategic Approach to Cloud
Cloud is now a major marketplace strategy for any company aiming to
deliver high quality services to customers, over a variety of channels,
involving high levels of online traffic. But how does an organisation know
if, and which, Cloud is best? DediPower Managed Hosting aims to make Cloud
migration successful for organisations by offering a full consultative
service that helps companies assess their core business requirements and
choose the correct Cloud option. http://www.dedipower.com/privatecloud.
DediPower's 5 point audit simplifies Cloud hosting and helps you find the
1. Understand the scale of your business requirements
Assess your existing platforms before planning a change. Understand the
scale of the organisation, volumes of data, traffic and existing hosting
budgets. DediPower's experience shows that companies spending over GBP3.5K a
month on hosting can get the most benefit from moving to a Private Cloud.
2. Recognise the true value of data/websites to your business
If your website handles sales then hosting is a mission critical
application. Protecting your IT infrastructure through a virtualised Cloud
environment provides added protection for business continuity. Private Clouds
from companies, such as DediPower, offer a more secure environment than
Public or Shared Clouds.
3. Ensure all associated costs including downtime, maintenance, upgrade
and internal resources are considered
Managing your IT infrastructure's performance is critical for effective
operations and your online performance. Managed Cloud hosting provides
additional security over a traditional hosting models providing peace of mind
through high performance and resiliency. For companies looking to migrate
from an in-house data centre to a managed Cloud solution, cost savings will
include energy usage, floor space, internal support and staffing.
4. Analyse the commercial and operational benefits of cloud hosting
Consolidating disperse IT infrastructure into a Private Cloud environment
can lead to a more manageable and cost effective platform. A Cloud approach
enhances operational performance through increased flexibility, scalability
and deliverability allowing businesses to react quickly to changing
5. Look at tomorrow's needs, today!
A Cloud offers a flexible, on-demand platform that can contract or expand
to accommodate growth in traffic, applications and data volumes. But it's
vital to understand fee structures, delivery models and SLAs and agree them
with hosting and service partners in advance to ensure you're not paying an
unnecessarily high price for success. Public cloud may be ideal for a
start-up company but may not offer the long term flexible pricing structures
of a managed Private Cloud.
DediPower's solution architects are able to provide dedicated solutions
designed to meet individual customer needs. Companies interested in how they
can benefit should contact DediPower on: 0808-15-60-090. Or visit DediPower
Managed Hosting, at Internet World 2010, on stand E5015.
About DediPower Managed Hosting
DediPower is a leading UK provider of managed hosting and data centre
solutions, making the internet and eBusiness innovation a reality for
businesses of all sizes. Focused on delivering service excellence through our
Support with Passion(R) philosophy, DediPower's enterprise class data centres
support business critical applications. Providing innovative solutions and
expertise in dedicated managed hosting, managed private cloud,
virtualisation, multi-server clusters, security, business continuity and
co-location services. DediPower is a winner of numerous hosting awards and is
a Microsoft Gold certified partner and RedHat Ready hosting partner.
DediPower's headquarters is located in Reading Berkshire, UK. For additional
information, visit http://www.dedipower.com and keep up to date with
DediPower via Twitter, twitter.com/dedipower.
Blancco Helps Sims Recycling Solutions Convert Business Risk to Peace of Mind
Data Erasure Tools Fuel Innovative Online Asset Management System, Allowing for Safe Reuse or Resale of Data-Rich Equipment
JOENSUU, Finland, April 26, 2010-- Blancco, the global leader in data erasure and end-of-lifecycle
solutions, today announced that Sims Recycling Solutions ensures assets are
data safe before they are recycled or refurbished by embedding Blancco's data
erasure software into its proprietary online system, WebView.
With 37 sites around the world, Sims Recycling Solutions is a global
leader in electrical and electronics recovery and recycling. In 2009 alone,
Sims Recycling processed more than 660 million pounds of electronics and
refurbished 1.5 million assets. To help customers simplify the management of
these assets and mitigate business risks associated with electronic asset
recycling, Sims Recycling Solutions created WebView, a proprietary online
system fueled by the world's most certified data erasure software from
On a daily basis, businesses struggle to secure data on computers and
other electronic assets, such as servers, flash drives and other data-rich
equipment, that have served their initial purpose. WebView provides customers
with real-time information about recovered IT assets throughout every stage
of the asset recovery process. A critical element in the WebView system is
Blancco data erasure software, which provides disk wiping, harvesting of
software licenses and auditable reports of disk erasure status.
Through WebView, Blancco provides customers with proof and peace of mind
that data and software licenses are properly secured by Sims Recycling
Solutions' facilities or on-site services before asset reassignment.
"WebView is a business-critical system for Sims Recycling Solutions that
controls our facilities, logistics and the secure reuse of IT assets for our
clients," says Jon Godfrey, Product Director for Sims' Lifecycle Services
proposition. "Blancco software is integral to WebView's functionality in that
it tells us whether each asset is data safe and also captures a variety of
information about those assets, without manual intervention and potential
human error. With Blancco embedded into WebView, we can reduce business risk
for our clients, and I can sleep at night knowing we have processed a couple
of thousand PCs that have been 'blanccoed'-a term commonly used by our
technicians to indicate an asset is fully erased and secure."
Sims is currently standardizing all data erasure on Blancco software. The
two companies have agreed on long-term cooperation and continued joint effort
on data safe IT assets for recycling and refurbishing.
To read the full Sims Recycling Solutions case study or to learn more
about Blancco data erasure solutions, please visit Blancco at http://www.blancco.com. For more information on Sims Recycling Solutions,
please visit their website at http://simsrecycling.com/.
Source: Blancco Ltd
Media Contact: Monica Shaw, +1-770-367-9534, email@example.com
Acquisition extends SMART's presence into broader consumer market and strengthens IP portfolio
CALGARY, Alberta, April 25 -- SMART Technologies, the world's leading provider of interactive whiteboards, announces the acquisition of New Zealand-based NextWindow (Next Holdings Limited), a leading designer and manufacturer of optical touch technology for integration into all-in-one computers, computer displays and large-format screens. The acquisition reinforces SMART's own investment in optical touch research and development, and combines the two companies' significant optical touch patent portfolios. The NextWindow acquisition is expected to have minimal impact on both businesses' day-to-day operations, offices and company structure. Both SMART and NextWindow are privately held companies.
NextWindow supplies optical touch components to manufacturers of PCs and other interactive displays. Its touch components are used in PCs and monitors sold by Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, Medion, NEC, Samsung and Sony. The acquisition extends SMART's current presence in the education, business and government sectors into the broader consumer market. SMART is also expanding its business in Asia, where NextWindow has already been active. In the past year, NextWindow has developed an Asian presence in Singapore, Taiwan and Korea.
"SMART serves a range of markets, and it is timely to diversify our revenue base beyond the sectors we already serve," says Nancy Knowlton, SMART's CEO. "NextWindow's core values, business model, patent portfolio and focus on the consumer market make it an attractive acquisition for us."
"We are combining two companies with complementary expertise and a remarkably similar culture focused on innovation and excellence," says Al Monro, NextWindow's CEO. "NextWindow's development of optical touch technology complements SMART's efforts, and I'm delighted that we are becoming part of SMART."
In the transaction, RBC Capital Markets were financial advisors to SMART and Cowen and Company, LLC were financial advisors to NextWindow.
Founded in 2001, NextWindow is a designer and manufacturer of optical touch screens for integration into all-in-one computers, computer displays and large-format screens. NextWindow is a leader in optical touch technology, enabling OEMs, ODMs and resellers to add touch-screen capability to their products. With offices in New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore and the United States, the company provides cost-effective manufacturing for PCs as well as customized solutions for kiosks, digital signage and interactive education. http://www.nextwindow.com
SMART Technologies, the global leader in interactive whiteboards, develops easy-to-use integrated products and services that can improve the way the world works and learns. For more than 20 years, innovation and commitment to excellence have been at the core of our business. We help educators achieve better results with technology products that support student-centered learning. We help businesses become more productive with easy-to-use collaboration solutions that enable better results. Our success is driven by our deep commitment to and engagement with both the education and business communities. http://www.smarttech.com
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Microsoft Discloses Global Availability and New Features for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online
Convergence 2010 kicks off showcasing new Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM technologies to more than 8,000 attendees.
ATLANTA, April 25 -- Microsoft Corp. opens Convergence 2010 today with Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Business Solutions Kirill Tatarinov demonstrating how the company is delivering on its vision of the Dynamic Business by providing customer-driven advancements across Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP applications to help organizations embrace change and seize opportunities that drive enduring business success.
As part of their joint keynote address, Elop and Tatarinov announced the May 2010 service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online that delivers seamless integration with Microsoft Dynamics GP, new language support, portal accelerators and cloud-based developer tools that help improve business connectivity. They also disclosed the road map for the expected international availability of the next generation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to 32 markets worldwide. The executives also previewed Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, which will be generally available May 1, 2010, and announced a new promotion for Microsoft Dynamics GP customers to get a license for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online at a rate of $19 (U.S.) per user, per month.
"The true competitive differentiator for Microsoft is the value customers derive through a consistent and world-class user experience and well-designed interoperability across our solutions," Elop said. "Our upcoming Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM releases light up this philosophy by delivering solutions that work well together and take advantage of existing IT investments."
Offering New Innovations With Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Continuing on its commitment to deliver the best value in the industry to more than 22,000 customers and 1.1 million users, the May 2010 service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, available at no additional charge for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online customers, focuses on improving the connectivity of the business to other systems, data and people through developer tools and resources. Key details include the following:
-- Expanded language support for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. The May
2010 service update is the first wave for moving Microsoft Dynamics
CRM Online into international markets with multilingual capabilities
for North American customers who have departments or teams with
French, Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese language requirements.
-- New Portal accelerators. The service update adds new Portal
accelerators for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. These accelerators
include Event Management, eService and Partner Relationship Management
and allow organizations to extend their reach and extend the power of
CRM to external constituents.
-- New developer tools and resources. The service update provides new
developer tools in the updated Microsoft Dynamics CRM Software
Development Kit (SDK) to enable the connection of Microsoft Dynamics
CRM Online with other on-demand and on-premises applications and
services such as Windows Azure.
-- Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration. A new
built-in integration framework for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Microsoft
Dynamics CRM enables customers to easily connect the two systems to
help provide business insight and improve user productivity across
financials, supply chain, and sales and service. The integration is
supported with both on-premises and cloud versions of Microsoft
Dynamics CRM for Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics GP
"We are very excited about the May 2010 service update for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online," said Steven Bowles, president of Pelagic Solutions Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. "With the new portal solutions, we can easily tailor Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to meet the unique needs of our customers and extend out the powerful capabilities to external audiences. We have already seen phenomenal growth with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, and with these new capabilities we expect that growth to continue."
Disclosing the road map for international availability, Microsoft announced that it is slated to expand the next release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online to 32 global markets in the second half of 2010. In addition to the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, those markets are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Customers can get Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a service in those markets today, with solutions and consulting from an extensive network of Microsoft partners.
Convergence attendees also previewed Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010, an easy-to-use ERP solution for midsize businesses that want advanced functionality, strong business intelligence reporting options and interoperability with other line-of-business applications. More information about Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/dynamics/en/us/products/gp-overview.aspx.
Delivering even more value to Microsoft Dynamics GP customers, Microsoft is offering them a license for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online at a promotional rate of $19 (U.S.) per user, per month. Starting today, the promotion is available to all Microsoft Dynamics GP customers until June 30, 2010. More information about this offer can be found at http://crm.dynamics.com/CRMGPOffer.
"Data, information and analytics are at the heart of everything we do," said Steve Diakowsky, president and CEO of The Allan Candy Co. Ltd. "Fundamentally, the design of Microsoft Dynamics GP 2010 will greatly facilitate putting information into the right people's hands, including my own, so that we can make business decisions that are timely and accurate."
Investing in key industries, Microsoft also disclosed that Microsoft Dynamics AX for Retail, a new end-to-end offering designed for midsize specialty retailers, will be available in 16 countries on Aug. 1, 2010, with additional countries to follow early next year. In anticipation of this release, new and existing Microsoft Dynamics partners such as Avanade Inc., Columbus IT, Fujitsu, Hitachi Consulting Corp., Ideaca, Junction Solutions and Tectura Corp. are establishing new practices that focus on delivering retail solutions based on Microsoft Dynamics AX.
Expanding Microsoft Dynamics Communities
Microsoft Dynamics, by bringing its customer community and partner community closer together to help them get more from their Microsoft Dynamics software investments, has established an alliance with the Microsoft Dynamics AX User Group, Microsoft Dynamics CRM User Group, Microsoft Dynamics GP User Group, and the Microsoft Dynamics NAV User Group, which are independent user groups based in the U.S. The alliance will allow members of those groups to seamlessly utilize the Microsoft Dynamics Community site and bring a significant amount of new, high-quality content and resources to benefit all community users, including nonuser group members. Customer feedback has allowed the alliance to also include the user groups that are driving most of the user-created content at Convergence 2010. Customers and partners can get involved by participating in their product user group at http://www.dynamiccommunities.com/ and the Microsoft Dynamics Community at https://community.dynamics.com/.
About Microsoft Dynamics
Microsoft Dynamics is a line of easy-to-use, integrated and adaptable ERP and CRM applications that enable business decision-makers to quickly respond to market shifts, take advantage of new trends, increase their competitive edge and drive business success. Microsoft Dynamics solutions are delivered through a world-class network of reselling partners providing specialized services and additional innovation to help customers excel in their industries.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Roundtable Concepts has Launched the Official Licensed UCF Knights HDTV
'THE ULTIMATE SPORTS FAN'S TV'
LAKE MARY, Fla., April 24 -- Roundtable Concepts Inc. has just created the "Ultimate Sports Fan's Television." Roundtable Concepts Inc. is launching RTC View, the officially licensed College Team LCD and LED HDTVs with the UCF Knights and more! Your favorite team's logo is embellished on the bottom two corners of the frame and is offered in 32", 42" and 55" HDTVs. Also screen sizes come in 40" and 46" LED HDTVs. Now here's the cool part, not only do the team's logo appear on the casing but when you power on the TV, the logo appears on the screen for approximately eight seconds. Making it the "The Ultimate Sports Fan's TV" and now endorsed by the UCF Alumni Association.
"The UCF Alumni Association is pleased with the screen brilliance and stylish UCF branding on our Team View TVs. They will be featured in our facility for both guests and staff to use and enjoy." Quoted by The UCF Alumni Association.
The Newark Digital Empowerment Summit Hosted by the Alliance for Digital Equality is a Success
Hundreds of New Jersey and New York residents attended the summit to learn about the impact that universal broadband access will have on education, jobs and wealth creation opportunities
NEWARK, N.J., April 23 -- Today, the Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE) hosted over three hundred area residents, elected officials, dignitaries and celebrities at the Newark Digital Empowerment Summit themed "Broadband: Closing the Economic Divide." The summit, which occurred at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, is the first of its kind in New Jersey. At the event, ADE Chair Julius H. Hollis unveiled a new agenda focusing on jobs, education and technology (the JET Agenda) paramount to achieving the full potential of universal broadband access. Panelists discussed the impact that universal broadband access will have on access to education, jobs and wealth creation opportunities.
Several powerful voices were heard during the summit including FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker, National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, Dr. Randall Pinkett and ADE Vice Chairman, former Mayor of Miami Manny Diaz. CNN Contributor Mario Armstrong, Actor, Author and Activist Hill Harper and Radio host Jacque Reid moderated the summit's panel discussions: "Jobs & Wealth," "The Wireless Broadband Revolution," and "The State of Broadband in Minority Communities."
In line with its mission, ADE hopes to help communities like Newark to understand the impact of broadband in their lives and local economy. "We live in a radically changing world and ultimately what makes us successful is how powerfully connected we are," said Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker. "We must ensure that every community has access to connectivity and we need to make sure that the jobs created from broadband are equally accessible. From Virtual classrooms to the implementation of new police crime-fighting technology, we are embracing a bold vision of America which is in the middle of a digital revolution."
Julius H. Hollis, ADE Chairman adds that, "Seldom in the history of our democracy, perhaps with the exception being the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century, have we witnessed a socio-economic phenomenon of this magnitude, which possesses a faster, innovative and more comprehensive ability to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans, as well as the potential to rectify the stark economic inequalities that exist between communities of color and their counterparts located in more affluent American communities."
"Altogether, 93 million Americans do not have broadband at home. And adoption rates are much lower among certain populations, including rural Americans, the elderly, persons with disabilities, low-income Americans, African Americans, and Hispanics. Among the 13 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 who do not have broadband at home, 6 million are either Hispanic or African American. These disparities won't just disappear over time if we sit back and do nothing," states FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.
The Newark Digital Empowerment Summit occurred just weeks after the FCC released its National Broadband Plan, designed to deliver broadband access to every American. ADE's goal is to educate Americans about the benefits of new broadband technologies and be a voice of underserved communities to raise awareness of the importance of new technologies regardless of socioeconomic status.
About The Alliance for Digital Equality: The Alliance for Digital Equality, headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a non-profit, nonpartisan consumer advocacy organization that serves to facilitate and ensure equal access to technology in underserved communities. The Alliance also serves as a bridge between policymakers and minority individuals in order to help the public understand how legislative and regulatory policies regarding new technologies can impact and empower their daily lives.
Source: The Alliance for Digital Equality
CONTACT: Kimberlee Williams, Marketing Director of FEMWORKS,
+1-973-494-9705, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for The Alliance for Digital
Filter: CSI's Virtual Video Conference Launched 4/8!
Interactive Sessions Highlighted Security Solutions that Maintain Business Agility
NEW YORK, April 23 -- Filter: CSI's virtual video conference debuted on Thursday, April 8, 2010, and was greeted with enthusiasm from the global marketplace. Using cutting-edge technology that included streaming video, CSI connected a community of industry professionals, decision-makers and suppliers from the information security marketplace. Almost 45% of the 655 registered professionals actively participated over the course of the four hours of presentations.
"Our key goal was to provide a cutting-edge educational environment that supports our members' and attendees' goals of securing leading edge solutions and processes," said Robert Richardson, director of CSI. "It clearly was accomplished and we anticipate that 'Filter Events' will become a staple in our offerings."
This online event provided a forum for hundreds of IT Security professionals to participate and network globally. Registrants representing 49 countries expressed great satisfaction with the content and the method of presentation - describing it as "curve-wrecking", as well as "frightening reality", respectively. Bryan Hooke, president, B. Hooke & Associate furthered these sentiments by stating, "Conference was well organized, experts were well versed on their subjects and could clearly convey the key elements memorably. Very slick."
Lynda Martel, Director of Marketing with DriveSavers and one of Filter's key sponsors found the content "interesting and compelling". She was proud and pleased to participate in Filter's debut: "I applaud (CSI) on the event's content and speakers...the event generated 400 VERY qualified leads for DriveSavers - so again, kudos to the CSI Team!" Many of these comments were posted through the live Q&A and chat functions that supported interaction over the course of the event.
"From a Management perspective, it was exciting for the entire CSI Team to actually participate and be a part of the action and dialog in the conference room," commented Robert Richardson. "Collectively, we rarely get to experience this first-hand - and it was so gratifying when questions posted from one side of the world were answered immediately by an expert from the other side of the world! This is exactly the type of interchange we hoped would happen and it did!"
The video conference content allowed for questions to be fielded through an online chat/discussion viewed by all participants and also allowed attendees to privately ask questions of specific speakers - thus providing a free flow of questions and ideas with an element of privacy that is sometimes required. The conference program presented attendees with solutions and information that was "filtered down" (the genesis of "Filter"), thereby providing an exchange that was both cost and time-efficient. Conference content included:
-- The Risks of Business Agility
-- Data Breach Notification Laws: From California to Australia
-- Does Recovering the Data Abandon Your Security? Best Practices
-- Using Virtualization for Better Security
-- Clobbering the Cloud
-- Legal Issues in Multi-National Cloud Computing
-- Compliance in the Cloud
-- Social Media & Security
-- Nature & Security
-- Securing the Electronic Health Record: The Big Challenges
-- Don't Write Your Own Security Code: The OWASP Enterprise Security API
-- Agile Security: Necessity or Mission Impossible
-- How to Protect Against Smartphone Attacks
Seen as an optimal tool to support CSI's "live" and multi-day educational programming, Filter will continue to focus and offer condensed versions of technical information and solutions that are needed for maintaining business agility and continuity. CSI SX is scheduled for May 26-27, 2010 at San Francisco's Marriott Marquis; CSI Annual 2010 takes place October 25-29, 2010 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center right outside Washington D.C. Visit http://www.gocsi.com for complete details on all offerings.
Managed by UBM International Media, CSI (Computer Security Institute) is the original and leading educational membership organization for information security professionals, with over 30 years of experience in the industry. Our mission is simple: to provide information security professionals with the resources with which to succeed. At the forefront of security trends and research, CSI is uniquely qualified to provide the Events, Educational Programs & Products offering the practical, yet often undiscovered, insight, strategies and trends that will protect organizations and their assets. For more information, visit http://www.gocsi.com. For sponsor information, please contact Nadine Schwartz-212-600-3363 or Nadine.Schwartz@ubm.com.
UBM International Media is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Business Media plc a leading provider of business information services to the maritime, travel, fashion, technology, healthcare, media, and property industries. UBM offers services in education/programming, trade shows, online, news distribution, and publishing to customers across the globe. Its brands are represented in more than 30 countries and are organized into specialist teams that serve their business communities helping them excel in their market by working effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to http://www.ubm.com.
Source: UBM International Media
CONTACT: Robert Richardson, CSI - Director, UBM International Media,
Idol Fans & Twitterers Pave the Way in the Fight Against Malaria
*** Now You Can Tweet To Save a Life***
NEW YORK, April 23 -- On this week's American Idol "Idol Gives Back" episode, more than 20 million Americans tuned in to help raise almost $45 million for causes around the world. Malaria was one of them, and donations toward the cause are expected to climb in the days leading up to World Malaria Day on April 25.
Beginning today to honor World Malaria Day on Sunday, Malaria No More, the Case Foundation and Twitter are launching "End Malaria," an effort geared to activate tweets from all over the world to help end malaria deaths in Africa. Mosquito nets save lives, and now, so do tweets.
Every thirty seconds a child dies from malaria in Africa. However, malaria is a completely preventable and treatable disease.
To show your support, please visit Hope140.org/EndMalaria and:
-- Retweet this message from @MalariaNoMore to make a $10 donation: RT:
Malaria kills a child every 30 secs. Nets #endmalaria. So do RTs.
RT2Give $10 http://rt2give.com/t/425
-- If you already have an account on RT2Give, you'll receive a direct
message asking for confirmation. If you don't have an account,
Twitpay will send you an @reply message with simple instructions
on how to enroll.
-- Text 'NET' to 85944 to make a $10 donation to Malaria No More
-- A $10 donation will be charged to your mobile phone bill.
Messaging and data rates may apply.
-- Add hashtag(s) #endmalaria, #malaria, #malariaday and/or
#worldmalariaday to your tweets and the hashtags will trigger the
addition of clickable mosquito icons to the tweet that will take you
To further promote positive change through Twitter, the Case Foundation is matching each $10 donation up to $25,000 made through Twitpay's RT2Give service and text-to-give, giving Twitterers and texters the power to double their efforts to end malaria deaths in Africa.
"Through a donation platform that enables people to move from activism to action, the End Malaria campaign takes a transformative next step in leveraging the power of Twitter to raise both awareness and important funding," said Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation. "Malaria No More and Twitter have already proven the power of social media to ignite awareness, and the Case Foundation is honored to be a part of this important initiative."
The "End Malaria" effort is an extension of last year's World Malaria Day Twitter challenge between Ashton Kutcher and CNN for a race to 1 million followers. Kutcher's pledge of $100,000 to Malaria No More catapulted him to success and helped provide Senegal with 89,724 life-saving mosquito nets.
"Malaria has finally met its match in this partnership between Malaria No More, the Case Foundation and Twitter," said Scott Case, CEO of Malaria No More. "We know for a fact that tweets can translate into nets, and two villages in Senegal are living proof of that."
This is the second time Twitter has tweaked its tweets for a cause. The first time was to honor World AIDS Day last December by turning tweets red for the RED campaign, which became the most retweeted initiative at the time.
"The difference between life and death can come down to a $10 bed net," said Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. "The simple act of tweeting both donates to and promotes the important work of Malaria No More. By matching these donations, the Case Foundation transforms our tweets into a powerful force for good."
Campaign details, Twitpay tweets and donation tracking are available at Hope140.org/EndMalaria.
About Malaria No More
Malaria No More is determined to end malaria deaths in Africa - and we're helping the world get it done. Malaria No More leverages high-impact communications to engage the world, global advocacy to rally leadership and strategic investments to accelerate progress. For more information, visit http://www.MalariaNoMore.org, read our Buzzwords blog, fan our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.
About Case Foundation
The Case Foundation, created by Steve and Jean Case in 1997, invests in people and ideas that can change the world. The Foundation champions initiatives that connect people, increase giving, and catalyze civic action. For more information, visit http://www.CaseFoundation.org.
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CONTACT: Erica Lichtenberger of Malaria No More, +1-212-710-5891 W,
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