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Litéra Introduces Litéra Launchpad for Integration-Free Access to Full Document Lifecycle Management

Innovative, Context Recognition and Activation Engine Enables Rapid User Access to Leading Document Lifecycle Management Tools Without the Add-in Hassle

 

ILTA Conference, LAS VEGAS, August 23, 2010 – Litéra®, the global leader in document lifecycle management (DLM), today introduced Litéra Launchpad, a point-and-launch desktop toolbar for instant access to Litéra document lifecycle management solutions without the management complexity of software integrations. Based on Litéra’s patent-pending context recognition and activation engine, Litéra Launchpad enables law firms and corporations to benefit from feature rich document lifecycle management solutions without the IT management and resource costs associated with maintaining desktop software with third party integrations.

“Third party add-ins have been a source of significant frustration to IT departments. Litéra Launchpad is both an innovative and practical product,” said Sean Scott, CIO of Womble Carlyle Sandridge and Rice, PLLC. “It eliminates integration headaches and allows me to upgrade Microsoft Office or Windows OS to the next version at any time. With Launchpad, there are no add-ins or plug-ins to manage, no integration costs and no performance degradation. It’s the best document lifecycle management solution we have seen in years.”

Using Litéra Launchpad, organizations can enable users to easily launch applications to compare complex compound documents, PowerPoint decks and spreadsheets. They can also control PDF documents, extract from and print to a PDF, and cleanse metadata from Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents, and from Webmail and Blackberry emails.

Litéra products that can be launched from the Litéra Launchpad include:

•             Litéra Change-Pro® – for WORD, PowerPoint and PDF document comparison

•             Litéra Change-Pro® for Excel – for Excel spreadsheet comparison

•             Litéra LDF® – for PDF control and management

•             Litéra PDF Suite – for PDF printing and extraction

•             Litéra Metadact® – for metadata cleaning

•             Litéra Screen Capture Suite – for on the fly documentation of online presentations

All Litéra products are Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) and Office 2010 ready.

“Today’s organizations want to increase user productivity without adding additional complexity or IT staff burden,” said Deepak Massand, CEO of Litéra. “That was the inspiration behind the development of Litéra Launchpad. This first-of-its-kind product helps to eliminate software conflicts and upgrade issues that can erode value and cause user downtime. As a result, users are productive on day one without any added IT intervention, management time or resources.”

Availability

Litéra Launchpad is available now with purchase of Litéra DLM products. Pricing starts at $50 per user. For more information, please visit, www.litera.com, or register today to join an online demonstration at www.litera.com/launch. ILTA conference attendees and press are also invited to see a demonstration of Litéra Launchpad at Litéra booth 416 and 418 from August 23 – 26, 2010 at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, NV.

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About Litéra

Litéra is the global leader in document lifecycle management (DLM) with intelligent productivity solutions for the critical document management needs of today’s business professionals. The Litéra product portfolio represents the most comprehensive collection of DLM functionality available in an integrated suite, and includes products such as Litéra Innova® for document creation and automation, Litéra IDS® for secure document collaboration, Litéra Change-Pro® for document comparison, Litéra LDF® for PDF control and management and Litéra Metadact® for metadata cleaning. Learn more at www.litera.com.

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Publish Date: August 23, 2010 5:42 PM


SNIA Names Asigra Executive Ashar Baig as Chairman of New Cloud Backup & Recovery Special Interest Group

New Group Sets Agenda to Enlighten the Industry Through Collaboration with End Users, Analysts, Cloud BUR Vendors and Channel Providers

TORONTO –  Asigra Inc., a leading Cloud Backup™ and recovery software provider since 1986, today announced that company executive Ashar Baig has been named by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) as Chairman of the new Cloud Backup and Recovery (Cloud BUR) Special Interest Group (SIG).

The Cloud BUR SIG is a project of SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) that promotes the adoption of cloud storage as a new delivery model providing elastic, on-demand storage billed only for what is used. Baig will lead the group’s efforts in educating the market about Cloud BUR benefits through use cases and in defining requirements for standards that are part of SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative. The new group will create best practices and conduct surveys to enlighten the industry through collaboration with end users, the channel, analysts and Cloud BUR vendors. 

“I look forward to representing Asigra in taking on this new challenge and leading SNIA’s efforts in expanding the awareness and establishing best practices for implementing Cloud Backup,” said Baig. “Recognition of the Cloud Backup industry by SNIA and the active participation of other industry leaders in this project gives new momentum in establishing backup to the cloud as a more effective, affordable and flexible model of protecting critical data with improved IT efficiency.”

“It’s natural that SNIA would appoint Ashar Baig to head this new group, given the leadership that Asigra has demonstrated in developing the Cloud Backup market,” said Val Bercovici, Chairman of the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative. “The Cloud Backup and Recovery group is a key extension to the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative and is expected to greatly accelerate the awareness and deployment of this critical cloud storage application.”

The Cloud BUR SIG will fulfill its mission by:

  • Defining and promoting standards around Cloud BUR
  • Promoting the value of Cloud BUR to the industry and adopters
  • Promoting industry’s implementation of Cloud BUR standards through the sharing of real use cases
  • Conducting and promoting interoperability demonstrations and plugfests
  • Leveraging SNIA and CSI committees and events to educate end-users
  • Advocating customer needs and reflecting user concerns and issues back into the Cloud BUR SIG members
  • Promoting Cloud BUR as an application extension of the CSI and the CDMI standard


SNIA’s Cloud Backup and Recovery SIG will consist of standing committees on marketing, education, end-user liaison, channel relations, international relations and more. In addition to its educational mission, the group is charged with defining the requirements for standards around Cloud BUR and promoting Cloud BUR as an application extension of the CSI and the SNIA Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) standard. Along with Asigra, founding members of the SNIA Cloud Backup and Recovery SIG include EMC, NetApp, i365, Iron Mountain, CoreVault, TeraSky, EVS, Terremark Worldwide, HMK and Recovery Networks.

For more information on SNIA’s Cloud Storage activities, please visit www.snia.org/cloud or get involved in the conversation at www.twitter.com/SNIACloud or http://groups.google.com/group/cloudstorage.

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About Asigra
Asigra transforms the way businesses manage and protect their data by delivering market leading cloud backup solutions that seamlessly and efficiently manage, scale and deliver data protection services. Asigra Cloud Backup™ is built for new and existing MSPs/VARs who focus on data protection, IT constrained organizations, and industries with compliance mandates that are looking to improve their backup with a secure, reliable and predictable data protection cloud backup model. With 25 years of experience as backup/recovery pioneers, Asigra technology protects more than 100,000 sites globally ranging from the Global 100 to SMBs. The world’s largest and most profitable service providers including CDW, HP and Terremark Worldwide power their cloud backup services using Asigra technology. Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices globally. For more information, visit www.asigra.com.

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Publish Date: August 18, 2010 2:55 AM


IPR International Improves Data Security and Availability While Lowering Overall Costs by 40% with Nexsan

Nexsan’s Assureon online archive gives IPR the reliability and compliance-level privacy it needs to deliver high data availability to its customers while reducing overall costs by 40%

Leading disaster recovery and data protection service provider IPR International was facing growing operational and capital costs associated with its data archive infrastructure for customer emails and unstructured files. Needing to lower overall costs without risking the high service-level they guarantee their demanding customer base, IPR turned to Nexsan. Nexsan’s Assureon online archive has given IPR the reliability and compliance-level privacy it needed to deliver high data availability to its customers while reducing overall costs by 40%.

Headquartered in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, and serving clients in 17 countries, IPR International was founded on a simple concept: that technology will change at such a rapid pace that most mid-size organizations will not be able to keep up with it. Thus, the company has dedicated itself to providing state-of-the-art data protection technologies, so clients can focus on their core business operations knowing their electronic data is safe and accessible at all times.

A recognized leader in managed data center and data protection services, IPR International offers a comprehensive suite of solutions to protect, preserve, secure and make available clients’ data at all times. By offering constantly improving and evolving services combined with a passion for security, integrity, availability and ingenuity, IPR helps its clients maintain their own business operations and supports them through any interruptions.

For IPR, the service levels offered to their customers are critical. While governments and corporations alike require that data be kept for extended periods of time, and in a retrievable form, inactive data can have a negative impact on the performance of the production environment. To help solve these challenges, IPR needed a robust archiving solution that would satisfy operational, performance and compliance requirements for its clients.

“Our customers need to reduce the capital and operational costs of managing and archiving data,” said Kevin Sullivan, head of services, development and marketing, IPR International. “Additionally, our customers need to improve their compliance posture by using a service where they can reallocate their IT resources for other, more strategically important objectives. We created our DataGuardian® service to meet these increasing customer demands.”

With customers ranging from mid-sized law firms and insurance companies to healthcare organizations, IPR takes its DataGuardian service levels very seriously. These types of organizations require constant access to their email and unstructured file data while being prepared to recover from any disaster, from simple server outages to extensive unexpected natural events. To meet backend storage needs, IPR was using a combination of NetApp and EMC SANs. However, the infrastructure was becoming increasingly costly and difficult to manage as the volume of customer data increased. To maintain very high service levels for their customers without incurring extensive costs, IPR needed to identify an alternative archiving solution upon which to base its DataGuardian service.

Solution: A Comprehensive Archiving and Failover Strategy Based on Nexsan’s Assureon and SATABeast Systems

After evaluating the high cost of expanding its existing infrastructure, IPR began to look for a highly reliable, lower cost alternative. During their search, IPR evaluated a number of solutions, including those from Nexsan and EMC. IPR selected Nexsan’s Assureon archiving platform over Centera because of the flexibility in configuring redundancy. With Centera, two copies are required at both the local and disaster recovery site in order to ensure redundancy.

Replicating to another Centera would mean having four copies of archived data (two at each site) instead of one per site. While Assureon can be configured similarly, it also allows administrators to configure the systems so that only a single copy is stored on each Assureon while ensuring the highest levels of data protection. IPR still maintains two copies of the data, but they are at two locations in order to provide DR protection. IPR deployed two Assureon appliances, each with two SATABeast systems, connected via 4 Gb/s Fibre Channel. Each Assureon / SATABeast combination is installed at separate IPR locations and set to failover to the other in case of any failure. With Assureon, IPR has doubled its usable capacity over Centera while spending less on purchase costs and operating expenses. Nexsan’s Assureon storage appliances provide IPR with a safe, cost-effective means to archive the growing volumes of customer email. The appliances keep email online and rapidly retrievable so that customers always have access to them. At the same time, the Assureon appliances dramatically reduce the time required to back-up current, active email by offloading archived email into a separate repository. “We were very impressed with the reliability and flexibility of the Nexsan solution,” said Sullivan. “Assureon is delivered as an appliance, with the storage, and Nexsan remotely connects, monitors and performs automatic updates on the systems without our staff involvement, which makes these systems exceptionally easy to administer.”

Results: High Performance and Reliability Means Strong Customer Satisfaction

The Nexsan Assureon solution has reduced IPR’s overall capital and operating expenses by 40% compared to expanding their previous solution. Cost savings have come from replacing NetApp Filers and EMC Celerra NAS systems (traditional iSCSI and CIFS storage) with the Assureon CAS storage archive. With Assureon, Nexsan has delivered the most efficient and scalable approach to storing unstructured data (email and documents).

In addition, the Nexsan-based storage infrastructure ensures that IPR can deliver high service-level guarantees to its customers while knowing that it has the scalability to easily grow its storage capacity to meet future customer needs. Benefits IPR has received from its Nexsan-based archiving infrastructure include:

• Compliance-level privacy – Assureon uses innovative security features to ensure data privacy. The software establishes an unalterable audit trail for the life of data in the archive; every time archive content is accessed, a record is kept of who accessed it and when.

• High-availability storage – Supporting the innovative Assureon appliance is Nexsan’s highly reliable SATABeast green storage, which provides redundant controllers, power supplies and fans along with support for RAID 6 to overcome double drive failures.

• Automated retention and deletion – Assureon offers automated integrity management and file immutability technology that protect against accidental or unauthorized file deletion. This ensures that files can be retained for regulation compliance or flexible time periods, and be deleted when their retention period is over.

• Self-auditing and self-healing – Assureon continually monitors files for fingerprint discrepancies, protecting them against tampering, viruses and corruption as well as accidental or deliberate deletion or theft. If discrepancies are discovered, Assureon notifies the system administrator and self-heals the file.

“Nexsan has greatly reduced the IT resources required to deliver recovery services thereby improving overall cost-efficiency for clients,” said Sullivan. “We are happy to have selected Assureon as our archiving platform and very content with what the solution has allowed us to do.”

About IPR

IPR was founded as one of the first Managed Electronic Data Protection Service Providers in the United States and is one of the very few companies to have developed and deployed a complete set of services to protect its clients’ data. Currently, IPR protects data for over 240 clients in 17 countries around the globe, providing protection for over 2.5 petabytes of data in our Data Centers. With the opening of the IPR Reading Business Continuity Center in 2008 and the Wilmington Data Center in 2010, IPR has expanded its Managed Data Center and Infrastructure Services to include production and dedicated recovery computing environments for our clients. IPR enjoys a 97% client retention rate, as well as 40% annual growth per year. IPR has been named one of “Fastest Growing Companies” in the Philadelphia Region (“Philadelphia 100”) in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 and Inc. Magazine ranked IPR as number 593 on its first-ever“ Inc. 5000” list of the Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2007.

Read this case study in its entirety at http://www.nexsan.com/case_studies/Nexsan_CaseStudy_IPR_International.pdf

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Publish Date: August 17, 2010 10:08 PM


SANpulse Publishes 10-Step Guide to a Successful Data Migration

Free White Paper Provides Checklist, Ensuring Smooth Transition to New Storage Devices, Resulting in Optimal Performance, Utilization and Cost-Savings Jersey City, N.J. — August 10, 2010 — Paving the path to the next generation data center through people, process and technology, SANpulse Technologies, Inc. today announced the publication of a free white paper that provides best practices for successfully transitioning data to new storage platforms. While upgrading and/or expanding storage can deliver a number of benefits, it can also result in stalled applications, lost data, business disruptions, and immobilized end users. Understanding the challenges in advance can ensure a smooth migration process for better performance, utilization & cost-savings. The white paper – Moving data successfully: Take 10 for a smooth transition to new storage (http://www.sanpulse.com/content/white-paper-10-steps-best-practices-migrations) – provides 10 steps – six before, two during, and two after performing a migration – to ensure success. Following this guide can reduce errors, support successful migrations, shorten project timelines, and even help organizations come in under budget. Additional benefits can include the opportunity to complete related or long-overdue work such as systems consolidation, upgrades, or reorganization of IT structures. Storage migration projects are often complex and time consuming, requiring detailed planning to mitigate risk and ensure business continuity. These projects often place a high demand on an organization's internal IT resources and have a negative effect on the overall storage solvency of the organization during the project. “The faster you can move your new platform from the loading dock and into your IT infrastructure, the faster you’ll be putting your investment to work and helping the business derive maximum value,” states Ralph Hennen, managing director of product development at SANpulse, the white paper's author. “Plan well, communicate clearly, follow these ten steps, and your team will be able to complete the migration more quickly, with minimal disruption, and most cost-effectively.” Following a few basic steps can make all the difference between good and bad results. IT professionals can get the most out of the process by creating a work breakdown structure (WBS) for each step and including it in a project database. It starts with ensuring that every activity planned, completed, changed, targeted and so on is included in a project database as a starting point of the project. Personnel conducting the migration will use this database to manage the entire process, from setting customer expectations to actually moving the data. It will be an all-in-one working document, project summary, and reconciliation tool. It will help measure efficiencies and more easily acquire and release resources as one moves through this common, yet complex, procedure. Tweet This: SANpulse Publishes 10-Step Guide to a Successful Data Migration Follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sanpulse Resources: Best Practices for a Successful Data Migration SANpulse End-to-End Automated Data Migration and Data Center Consolidation Industry Analyst Insights on SANpulse Technologies ESG Lab Validation Report: SANpulse About SANpulse Technologies, Inc. SANpulse paves the path to next generation data centers, transforming the world’s largest IT infrastructures and creating efficiencies to help reduce IT-related operational and capital expenses. Through the combination of people, process and technology, the company’s SANlogics solution provides actionable insight to mitigate the risk of navigating complex data center infrastructures. SANlogics adaptive technology supports organizations in meeting new technology and business requirements through discovery, analytics and auto-generation of executables that simplify data center migration, consolidation and optimization processes. Since its inception in 2005, SANpulse has helped Fortune 500 clients across the globe maximize the efficiency of their storage infrastructure, mitigate risk and guarantee greater business agility. SANpulse is headquartered in Jersey City, NJ, with regional offices in Dallas, TX, Tampa, FL, and London, UK. For more information, please visit www.SANpulse.com. END

Publish Date: August 10, 2010 3:48 PM


ACTIFIO NAMES INDUSTRY VETERAN JIT SAXENA TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ACTIFIO NAMES INDUSTRY VETERAN JIT SAXENA TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS Netezza Co-founder Joins Actifio Board to Provide Proven Leadership and Guidance to Actifio as it Addresses Market Demand for Dynamic Data Management Virtualization Solutions Actifio, the emerging leader in Data Management Virtualization (DMV), today announced that Jit Saxena, co-founder and former CEO of Netezza Corp., has joined the Actifio Board of Directors. In his role, Saxena brings a wealth of proven leadership and guidance to Actifio as it addresses the industry demand for dynamic DMV solutions. Jit Saxena brings with him a long and successful career of entrepreneurship and business leadership in growing successful new global industries. Saxena is an internationally-recognized and much sought-after business expert in the IT industry. In 2000, he co-founded Netezza, a data warehouse server manufacturer that is globally recognized as inventing the data warehouse appliance product category. Upon co-founding the company, Saxena served as its CEO until January 31, 2009, and retains his position as Netezza Chairman of the Board. “Actifio has all the ingredients for success to deliver on the multi-billion dollar virtualization market opportunity and I am pleased to accept a position on the board as the company charts its next stage of growth,” said Jit Saxena. “I look forward to working closely with Ash and his exceptional management team as they deliver a new category of data management virtualization solutions that eliminate customer challenges associated with legacy, silo-based data protection solutions.” As CEO of Netezza, Saxena grew the business from start-up to a more than $180 million revenue leader in the data warehouse server industry. Saxena took the company public in 2007 with a $124 million initial public offering. Prior to founding Netezza, Saxena was the founder, chairman and CEO of Applix Inc., a leading analytical CRM software provider that he took public in 1994. Before he founded Applix, Saxena held several senior management positions, including senior director in charge of software development, at Data General. Saxena holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University, an MBA from Boston University and a B. Tech (EE) from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai. He was named an Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003 and a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2008. "We consider ourselves very fortunate that Jit has accepted the invitation to join our Board," said Ash Ashutosh, founder and CEO of Actifio. "His global leadership experience and proven track record of creating and dominating new emerging markets brings Actifio a wealth of industry insight and guidance as we deliver a new era of Data Management Virtualization solutions to market that will change the paradigm of how data is protected and managed across the data lifecyle.” Tweet this: Actifio Names Jit Saxena to Board of Directors Follow Actifio on Twitter at http://twitter.com/actifio About Actifio Actifio delivers a next-generation data management solution with radical simplicity, unprecedented agility and up to an order of magnitude lower cost. Based on Data Management Virtualization (DMV) technology, Actifio transforms individual silos of point tools into a unified solution using efficient pipelined management across the data lifecycle. The company’s patent-pending DMV technology delivers unified data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity across the data lifecycle for virtual and physical IT environments. For more information, please visit: http://www.actifio.com. END Media Contact Ventana Public Relations (540) 253-5060 sabrina.sanchez@ventanapr.com

Publish Date: August 10, 2010 4:33 AM


SANpulse Eases Data Center Consolidation for Global 250 Financial Services Firms

SANlogics’ Flexibility and Performance Enables Top Financial Services Organizations to Consolidate Data Centers On-Time and On-Budget Resulting in Dramatic Cost Savings

Jersey City, N.J. — July 28, 2010 — SANpulse Technologies, Inc. today announced that multiple Global 250 financial services firms have dramatically reduced data center costs by accelerating consolidation projects and optimizing resources using SANlogics™. SANlogics has delivered the flexibility and performance financial services organizations require to simplify and automate data migration processes so that they can transform and consolidate data center properties and reduce hardware, floor space and power costs.

“Data migrations and consolidations have traditionally been exceptionally expensive, time consuming and difficult. Typically, these projects have been manually intensive, error prone and plagued with delays,” said Bob Laliberte, senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “However, SANpulse developed technology combined with specialized resources and processes to deliver migration services proven to reduce time, risk and cost. Given the recent mergers, acquisitions and subsequent data center consolidation efforts in the financial services industry, the SANpulse solution has provided significant value to a number of these institutions.”

For one Fortune 100 financial services firm, SANpulse migrated and transformed 257 hosts and 104TB spanning six data centers in just two weekend migration windows. The resulting data center consolidation expedited the adoption of new technologies which resulted in double digit operational efficiencies without any additional delivery resources. Because of the migration efficiency and speed, this financial services organization was able to exit data centers on time, avoiding $1.5 million in lease penalties. As a result, this firm also achieved significant consolidation cost savings through the reduction of both floor space and power.

Financial services organizations using SANlogics see the following advantages:

Reduced Project Costs – SANlogics automates the migration process resulting in a minimal number of resources required for data migration initiatives, while maximizing the ROI on existing investments through the optimization of installed storage infrastructure. The ability to provide an in-depth comprehensive analysis of the entire infrastructure results in accurate planning and mitigation of potential risks in the migration process.

Reduced Project Timeline – With preparation that includes in-depth data aggregation, process automation and self-generating actionable outputs, SANlogics expedites data migration and moves over five times more data during each migration when compared to traditional methods. With SANlogics, SANpulse financial services clients have experienced significant timeline reductions in all phases of migration: planning phases have been reduced by over 65%; implementation phases have been reduced by over 85%; and execution phases have been reduced by over 50%. This reduction in time results in greater utilization of a finite hardware lifecycle.

Minimized Risk Factors and Human Errors – SANlogics dramatically reduces the risk of human error with its automated outputs, instant application of system changes according to real-time business requirements, and rapid identification of road blocks and non-disruptive remedies.

Ensured Business Efficiencies, Organization-Wide – Through enterprise-wide standardization, turnkey readiness and compliance with standards, SANpulse allows financial services organizations to align independent business units in operational synergy during SAN migration and optimization projects.

Increased ROI on Current Storage Hardware – By identifying misconfigured storage, SANlogics enables financial services firms to more efficiently use storage space on existing arrays, thereby reducing additional capital expenditure.

“SANpulse continues its successful track record in the financial services vertical, ensuring on-time and on-budget transformation of storage infrastructures of some of the largest global firms in the industry,” said SANpulse CEO Peter Mehta. “We understand the importance and impact that every second has in the global financial arena. Our ability to automate processes in a data migration life cycle assures customers of mitigating outages while transforming their infrastructure and ensuring project completion in a timely manner.”

About SANlogics
SANlogics is an innovative, multi-vendor software platform that simplifies and accelerates SAN migration, consolidation, and infrastructure optimization. The patent-pending technology combines on-demand data analysis, business-process aware functionality, and rapid execution into a powerful solution that Fortune 500 organizations leverage to upgrade and optimize their IT storage infrastructures.

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Resources:
SANpulse End-to-End Automated Data Migration and Data Center Consolidation
Industry Analyst Insights on SANpulse Technologies
ESG Lab Validation Report: SANpulse 

About SANpulse Technologies, Inc.
SANpulse paves the path to next generation data centers, transforming the world’s largest IT infrastructures and creating efficiencies to help reduce IT-related operational and capital expenses. SANpulse solutions mitigate the risk of navigating complex data center infrastructures through actionable insight by leveraging the company’s modular software platform, SANlogics. SANlogics adaptive technology supports organizations in meeting new technology and business requirements through discovery, analytics and auto-generation of executables that simplify data center migration, consolidation and optimization processes. Since its inception in 2005, SANpulse has helped Fortune 500 clients across the globe from a variety of industries maximize the efficiency of their storage infrastructure, mitigate risk and guarantee greater business agility. SANpulse is headquartered in Jersey City, NJ, with regional offices in Dallas, TX, Tampa, FL, and London, UK. For more information, please visit www.SANpulse.com

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Publish Date: July 28, 2010 9:27 PM


Nexsan CTO Gary Watson Named 2010 Storage Superstar by CRN Magazine

Mr. Watson Honored for a Decade of Innovations in Disk Storage Technology

Nexsan, a leading storage system provider, today announced that its Chief Technology Officer Gary Watson has been chosen as a “2010 Storage Superstar” by CRN Magazine. The CRN Storage Superstar awards recognize the achievements and contributions of visionaries and innovators in the data storage industry. 

CRN recognized Mr. Watson for more than a decade of achievements and his consistent breakthroughs in disk-based storage technology. Mr. Watson co-founded Nexsan in 1999 and spearheaded the development of the industry's first enterprise-class ATA storage arrays. He was also responsible for the first ATA-based disk storage systems to rival tape ushering in affordable disk-to-disk backup. Mr. Watson is also credited with developing the first RAID system with an embedded web GUI for simple remote management.

Mr. Watson’s achievements include advanced power-managed storage with AutoMAID® (Automatic Massive Array of Idle Disks) technology enabling energy-efficient disk storage for use in primary, backup and archive storage environments. Nexsan’s power-managed storage systems serve as the foundation for the company’s innovative storage applications like data deduplication. Leveraging AutoMAID, organizations reduce storage related energy costs as much as 60% while lowering data center cooling requirements for green IT efficiencies.

Mr. Watson has also delivered innovations to enhance the reliability of high density storage systems. Examples of these developments include rotational vibration dampening for enhanced disk drive longevity, the use of engineered materials to absorb vibration and reduce mechanical failures, and advanced cooling designs. As a result, customers benefit from reliable storage system performance that significantly lowers maintenance related downtime.

“Solution providers who design and deploy storage infrastructures deal with a technology where change is the only constant,” said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel. “Small businesses and enterprises alike need to safely store, back-up, recover and archive data and these Storage Superstars are many of the unsung heroes who have helped invent better ways of doing this. Yet many of these individuals seldom get the recognition they deserve. We congratulate all the ‘Storage Superstars,’ and are happy to provide an opportunity to shine the spotlight on them.”

“This is a wonderful honor from CRN and it validates Nexsan’s vision of leveraging reliable, highly efficient storage designs to deliver enterprise-class storage systems purpose built for the midmarket,” said Mr. Watson. “This innovative approach has established new standards in storage density, energy-efficiency and price/performance.”

Learn more about the entire Nexsan product line at www.nexsan.com/products.php.

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Resources

CRN Magazine 2010 Storage Superstars

2010 DCIG Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide

Nexsan Products, Case Studies and White Papers

About Nexsan

Nexsan Corporation is a leading provider of energy-efficient, long-term storage systems. Nexsan delivers secure storage appliances and modular, capacity-optimized disk-storage systems for a broad range of applications including fixed content storage and archiving, email, medical imaging, compliance and litigation support, disk-based backup, digital video security, and rich media. Nexsan’s solutions are the choice of small and medium-sized companies as well as large global enterprises and major governmental agencies around the world that are seeking cost-correct, high-density storage solutions. Founded in 1999 and based in Thousand Oaks, California, Nexsan sells its products exclusively through a select global network of VARs, OEMs and system integrators. For more information, please see the company’s website at www.nexsan.com.

About Everything Channel

Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at http://www.everythingchannel.com.

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Publish Date: July 27, 2010 11:55 PM


Litéra Change-Pro and Metadact Selected by SJ Berwin for Comprehensive Document Lifecycle Management

International Commercial Law Firm Replaces Workshare Professional with NextGeneration Content Management Solutions from Litéra

Litéra®, the leader in next-generation document lifecycle management (DLM), today announced that its document comparison and metadata cleansing solutions have been licensed by SJ Berwin, a highly respected international commercial law firm headquartered in London. Professionals at SJ Berwin, which has offices worldwide, will use Litéra’s Change-Pro® and Metadact® products to manage their document comparison and metadata cleansing requirements.

Established in 1982, SJ Berwin delivers commercial legal advice to blue chip financial institutions, international companies and growth businesses determined to succeed in today's competitive environment. The firm employs 600 lawyers, including around 170 partners, working from 12 offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

“The firm was looking for a comparison and data cleansing product that would help move us forward from our old solution,” said Simon Kosminsky, IT Director at SJ Berwin. “We looked at Litéra for a long time. We liked the product, the people, the company and the value for money. Our due diligence showed that Litéra met our standards in terms of reliability, ease of use and support.”

"In conjunction with our Document Production Unit and various secretaries and lawyers throughout the firm we undertook a comparison of WorkShare with Litéra using our standard methodology for product comparison" said Terry Lawley, project delivery manager, SJ Berwin. "Litéra exhibited superior performance during the evaluation which reflected the feedback received from those in the business who had been using both products for a number of months."

Change-Pro’s patent pending solutions enable legal professionals to compare all versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents and PDF documents, including granular comparison of compound MS Word documents with embedded objects (e.g., Excel, Visio and ChemDraw objects) and inserted images (e.g., JPG, TIFF, BMP, PNG, etc), revealing all changes in those compared documents. Metadact enables safe and effective metadata cleansing of Microsoft Office and PDF documents electronically exchange with outside parties.

“We are honoured to include SJ Berwin as our newest valued client,” said Paul Hoffbrand, director of UK operations, Litéra Corp. “The firm’s reputation and commitment to the incorporation of world-class technology is testament to Litéra’s best of breed DLM solutions for legal professionals.”

About Litéra

Litéra is the leader in next-generation document lifecycle management (DLM) with intelligent productivity solutions for the critical document management needs of today’s business professionals. The Litéra product portfolio represents the most comprehensive collection of DLM functionality available in an integrated suite, and includes products such as InnovaTM for document creation and automation, Litéra IDS® for secure document collaboration, Change-Pro® for document comparison, LDF® for PDF control and management and Metadact® for metadata cleaning. Learn more at www.litera.com.

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Publish Date: July 27, 2010 1:17 AM


RELDATA'S LANIE KRUGER RECOGNIZED BY EVERYTHING CHANNEL'S CRN MAGAZINE AS ONE OF THE TOP WOMEN OF THE CHANNEL

PARSIPPANY, New Jersey – July 26, 2010 – RELDATA Inc. (www.reldata.com), the innovation leader in unified block and file storage solutions over iSCSI, today announced that Lanie Kruger, Vice President, Channel and Business Development, has been recognized by Everything Channel’s CRN Magazine as one of the top Women of the Channel. CRN’s annual list recognizes female executives across vendors’ channel organizations, distributors and solution providers for their accomplishments over the past year and the far-reaching impact they are having on the technology industry going forward. This year’s Women of the Channel were chosen by the editors of CRN magazine based on their achievements as executives and the amount of influence they wield over the technology channel.

Kruger has more than 15 years of experience working with channel partners, assisting them with delivering leading edge, competitively priced IT solutions to their customers, while increasing revenue and profitability for their own companies. At RELDATA she has played a key role in developing a successful program designed to strengthen and maintain business partners' leadership in one of today’s fastest growing IT market segments, unified storage solutions, expected to become a $3 billion market by 2011 according to market research firm IDC.

Since joining RELDATA, Kruger has made significant improvements to the RELDATA Partner Program, including:

• Developed a formal blueprint for channel engagement

• Created a consistent plan for nationwide joint marketing programs

• Increased sales competency through innovative training programs, communications portal and onboarding tools

Through her efforts, RELDATA's partner program delivers significant benefits to partners, including industry-leading margins, quarterly sales incentives, deal registration and protection, co-funded demand generation, professional services revenue opportunities, co-marketing and corporate awareness program, and the opportunity for geographic master distributor relationships.

The success of Kruger's work is reflected in the growth of RELDATA's partner program which expanded its membership by 30 percent in the last six months of 2009, with 40 percent of the company’s business driven by new partners. In the first six months of 2010, the company saw a 50 percent increase in value added reseller (VAR) partnerships signed.

“Women hold many prominent executive positions at vendor organizations, distributors and solution provider organizations, providing critical insight and influence when it comes to technology and the channel. We want to honor and congratulate these women for their contributions to the industry and their respective organizations,” said Kelley Damore, VP, editorial director, Everything Channel, parent company for CRN magazine. 

"I'm truly honored to be recognized as one of CRN's Women of the Channel," said Kruger, "At the core of my efforts to strengthen RELDATA's channel is the desire to understand what our partners need to deliver value to their customers, resulting in relevant programs they can leverage within their own organizations. Our ultimate goal is to make us all successful and capitalize on what promises to be a rewarding market opportunity in the storage technology industry."

The CRN Women of the Channel award is the most recent recognition RELDATA has earned honoring its partner program. In the last six months, RELDATA has received Everything Channel's Five-Star Partner Program award, and has been named an Everything Channel Emerging Vendor 2010, CRN 100 Coolest Cloud Vendor, and Computer Dealer News Solution Provider to Watch in 2010.

A special feature of the Women of the Channel is in the July issue of CRN Magazine and expanded coverage will be featured online at www.crn.com.

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About RELDATA

RELDATA is the innovation leader in unified block and file storage solutions over iSCSI which cost-effectively enable mid-size and distributed enterprises to nondisruptively consolidate, virtualize and protect data storage, providing highly scalable, cost-effective integrated storage, disaster recovery and high availability solutions. The RELDATA Unified Storage Engine (USE™) platform allows companies to integrate their existing storage infrastructure to minimize the functional compromise of siloed block and file solutions while reducing administration costs and data protection compliance risk, and preserve current storage investments at lower total costs. Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Parsippany, New Jersey, RELDATA solutions are available through a global network of value added resellers. For more information, visit www.reldata.com.

Everything Channel

Everything Channel is the premier provider of IT channel-focused events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With over 30 years of experience and engagement, Everything Channel has the unmatched channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to accelerate technology sales. Everything Channel is a UBM company. To learn more about Everything Channel, visit us at http://www.everythingchannel.com.

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UBM (UBM.L) focuses on two principal activities: worldwide information distribution, targeting and monitoring; and, the development and monetization of B2B communities and markets. UBM’s businesses inform markets and serve professional commercial communities - from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists – with integrated events, online, print and business information products. Our 6,500 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, bringing buyers and sellers together, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently.

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Publish Date: July 26, 2010 9:25 PM


SANpulse Announces Free White Paper: 10 Steps for Transitioning Smoothly to New Enterprise Storage

By: Ralph Hennen, Managing Director of Product Development at SANpulse

A lot can transpire between the time you take delivery of your new storage and the day it’s fully integrated into the data center. Good things can happen—like getting faster performance for virtual servers, higher utilization because of resource consolidation, and savings from features like thin provisioning. Unfortunately, so can bad—like stalled applications, lost data, business disruptions, and immobilized end users.

Fortunately, the outcome of new storage deployments can be controlled. The following ten steps can prepare and execute a successful transformation—six to do before a storage migration, two during, and two after. Done correctly, the migration can be a prime opportunity to efficiently and cost-effectively complete related or long-overdue work like systems consolidation, upgrades, or reorganization of IT structures to better serve your business and user community.

1.  Define, document, and publish objectives and schedule

Describe project objectives in terms of schedules, resource use, and outcomes. Define measures of success, document objectives, schedule and make sure everyone gets a copy.

2. Commit to manage

Make resources available to meet schedules. Clarify who owns the project, who can allocate resources, who can resolve disputes. Define the process to follow when discovering a team cannot meet their commitment(s).

3.  Discover and analyze what really exists

Facts to confirm include: total number of existing servers, arrays, and host-to-storage fabrics; front-end adapter utilization; systems ownership; capacities; vendors/versions; and current RAID types.

4.  Know the newly deployed equipment, whether it’s from an incumbent vendor or a new supplier

New technology comes with new functionality that can save money and add value, but sometimes at a staffing, performance, or other cost. The more that is known about the new platform, the more it can be leveraged. Make it part of the success objective, and understand tradeoffs that might be required to use it.

5. Develop the storage model

In this step, develop a specific storage model or mapping scheme. For example, focus on extracting data associated with a newly acquired company or business line and isolate that information on a separate storage array or set of arrays. Or stipulate the consolidation of four arrays down to two. Another common objective is to pull Exchange email data onto its own array.

6. Make remediation decisions

Determine which devices you need to maintain with your new storage platform and then check manufacturers’ support lists to determine working combinations. Decide which systems to bring into conformance with specific policies or the latest updates and/or patches. Keeping track of this in a database will reduce risk of failure. Automating entries—versus manually updating the database—further reduces risk.

7.  Maintain project process and ownership during the migration

During the actual data migration, avoid log jams by clarifying task ownership and project processes. Communicate.

8.  Track the transformation

Throughout the migration process, track what has changed or is changing, what’s been consolidated, moved, and what metrics are different —for example new recoverability objectives for business continuance.

9.  Audit

Losing business function or equipment in a migration has the potential to jeopardize critical business operations. Now that migration to your new platform is complete, assure the transformation desired has taken place.

10.  Evaluate

Now is the time to honestly evaluate what went right, what went wrong, and what needs to be changed. Effective reporting tools and accurate data are essential to completing a productive evaluation. The well-populated project database or information plexus that you’ve been building should contain all the data necessary for comprehensive evaluation of the project.

Plan well, communicate clearly and follow these ten steps to complete the migration more quickly, with minimal disruption, and most cost-effectively. The faster you can move your new platform from the loading dock into your IT infrastructure, the faster you’ll be putting your investment to work and helping the business derive maximum value.

To read this paper in its entirety, go to http://www.sanpulse.com/content/white-paper-10-steps-best-practices-migrations

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Publish Date: July 26, 2010 4:29 PM


SNIA Webinar to Highlight Cloud Backup & Restore Special Interest Group

Creation of New Cloud BUR Group Recognizes Significance of Backup as a Core Cloud Storage Application

Asigra Inc., a leading Cloud Backup™ and recovery software provider since 1986, today announced that the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) will host a webinar on July 22, 2010, to introduce the new Cloud Backup and Restore (Cloud BUR) Special Interest Group.

The Cloud BUR SIG is a project of SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative that promotes the adoption of cloud storage as a new delivery model that provides elastic, on-demand storage billed only for what is used. The webinar will cover details about the new Cloud Backup and Restore project as well as address the SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative (CSI) education and collaboration activities for end users, the channel, and vendors at the SNIA Symposium, SNIA Storage Developers Conference and CloudBurst, Storage Networking World (SNW) USA, and SNW Europe.

“Backup has emerged as a leading cloud storage application so it’s appropriate that SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative would embrace backup to the cloud with a targeted special interest group,” said Val Bercovici, SNIA Cloud Storage Initiative and Cloud Czar, NetApp Office of the CTO. “This webinar is a great opportunity to learn about the new Cloud Backup and Restore project as well get up to date on the full range of activities and technical achievements generated by SNIA’s Cloud Storage Initiative.”

Asigra has been a leader in helping businesses move from the excessive cost and complexities of traditional backup approaches to next-generation cloud backup technology. The Asigra Cloud Backup platform is a transformational backup architecture optimized for cloud computing and designed to offer backup and storage efficiencies unavailable with traditional backup architectures by allowing users to capture less, ingest less, and store less data. This reduces the amount of backup software cycles and storage hardware required to deploy and maintain high levels of data protection. Asigra’s latest generation software, Cloud Backup v10, aligns user recovery times with business requirements, reduces operational costs and provides organizations with data protection to meet dynamic IT requirements.

The SNIA CSI webinar will take place on Thursday, July 22, 2010 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am EDT.  The free event is open to any interested parties who can register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/309067768

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About Asigra
Asigra transforms the way businesses manage and protect their data by delivering market leading cloud backup solutions that seamlessly and efficiently manage, scale and deliver data protection services. Asigra Cloud Backup™ is built for new and existing MSPs/VARs who focus on data protection, IT constrained organizations, and industries with compliance mandates that are looking to improve their backup with a secure, reliable and predictable data protection cloud backup model. With 25 years of experience as backup/recovery pioneers, Asigra technology protects more than 100,000 sites globally ranging from the Global 100 to SMBs. The world’s largest and most profitable service providers including CDW, HP and Terremark Worldwide power their cloud backup services using Asigra technology. Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices globally. For more information, visit www.asigra.com.

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Publish Date: July 21, 2010 10:29 PM


Actifio Secures $8 Million In Series A Funding To Address Market Demand For Dynamic Data Management Virtualization

North Bridge Venture Partners and Greylock Partners Lead Strategic Investment to Capitalize on Explosive Market Opportunity for Next-Generation Data Management Solutions

 

Actifio, the emerging leader in Data Management Virtualization (DMV), today announced $8 million in Series A financing. The funds will be used to market Actifio’s patent-pending technology which transforms individual data management application silos into a unified, virtualized, highly efficient solution for data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity.

This financing was led by North Bridge Venture Partners and Greylock Partners. With the funds, Actifio will expand its sales channel, and invest in marketing to drive market share for its next-generation data management solutions. 

Server virtualization technologies from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, along with solutions from Cisco, Dell, HP, IBM and others have enabled the transformation of the computing infrastructure into an efficient, dynamic computing resource. However, the storage infrastructure continues to be a major bottleneck in this transformation, with data lifecycle management shackled by point tools that are deployed in silos - creating complexity, inflexibility and at a significant expense. Purpose-built to radically simplify and deliver unprecedented agility, Actifio’s DMV technology reduces the real cost of managing the application data lifecycle and virtualizes vendor-independent physical or cloud-based storage devices into a private, public or hybrid storage cloud infrastructure.

“Actifio addresses a significant pain point for enterprises that need comprehensive data protection in a single solution,” said Jamie Goldstein, general partner, North Bridge Venture Partners.  “Actifio has all the ingredients for success including a hot market opportunity, technology superiority, and a stellar executive team that will allow Actifio to deliver on the promise of Data Management Virtualization.”

“Traditional data protection tools have become a major management obstacle in the migration to dynamic data centers to realize the value of virtualization,” said Erez Ofer, partner, Greylock Partners. “Actifio has the right team and technology at the right time to execute on a tremendous market opportunity for comprehensive data management that eliminates application silos and complex management headaches for the enterprise.”

The newly funded organization has an all-star leadership team with deep-domain expertise in building successful companies and emerging technologies that deliver unprecedented value to customers and partners on a global scale. The Actifio executive team includes:

Ash Ashutosh, president and CEO (formerly vice president & chief technologist of HP's StorageWorks division and founder, CEO and CTO of AppIQ and Serano Systems)

David Chang, vice president of products (formerly founder and vice president of product management at AppIQ)

Steven Blumenau, vice president of marketing (formerly vice president, digital archive sales at Iron Mountain; senior director of advanced development at EMC, and founder and CEO of Avalere)

Rick Nagengast, vice president of sales (formerly vice president channel and partner development of EMC and GM of Storage Products Division of DEC and Compaq)

James Pownell, customer operations manager (formerly founder and president of Exagrid Systems; founder and vice president of engineering Highground Software and development manager at EMC)

“The strategic investment by North Bridge Venture Partners and Greylock Partners is a strong validation for the company, our pioneering data management virtualization solution, and our ability to execute and capitalize on a multi-billion dollar market opportunity,” said Ash Ashutosh, founder, president and CEO, Actifio. “Protecting business data should not have to be this hard, complex and expensive. Actifio’s DMV technology brings to data lifecycle management the same paradigm shift that virtualization brought to the server environment with all the resulting simplicity and efficiency.”

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About Actifio

Actifio delivers a next-generation data management solution with radical simplicity, unprecedented agility and up to an order of magnitude lower cost. Based on Data Management Virtualization (DMV) technology, Actifio transforms individual silos of point tools into a unified solution using efficient pipelined management across the data lifecycle. The company’s patent-pending DMV technology delivers unified data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity across the data lifecycle for virtual and physical IT environments. For more information, please visit: http://www.actifio.com.

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Publish Date: July 21, 2010 7:11 PM


Webinar: DCIG Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide

2010 DCIG Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide Identifies the Top Midrange Data Storage Solutions

 

WEBINAR ALERT

Find out what the 2010 DCIG Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide says are the BEST data storage solutions. Over 70 solutions from over 20 providers were evaluated from a user’s perspective in the industry’s first comprehensive competitive analyses. Each was given a detailed feature-for-feature ranking and rating. In the end, Nexsan was found to have the most features and highest performance to meet the needs of even some of the largest enterprise customers, but without the high cost of other solutions.

Get a quick guide to how to use the DCIG Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide including what the levels and rating mean and what category storage solution might suit your needs.

An interview with special guest, DCIG President and Lead Analyst, Jerome M. Wendt reveals how he arrived at the conclusions of the report. He will answer questions about the process, methodology and importance of undertaking this type of study. Find out how Nexsan stacks up to the competition. 

Learn about the cost and energy-saving features that weren’t included in the study and how you can benefit from high-performance Nexsan solutions which also offer the lowest total cost of ownership. All in this free one-hour interactive Webinar. 

Register Now! Enter your information at http://www.nexsan.com/DCIG_Webinar  and you'll receive detailed information at the email address you provide. If you've registered for a previous event, simply enter your email address.  

Publish Date: July 21, 2010 4:46 AM


Independent Report Reveals Five Things Channel Partners Want from Technology Vendors

Report Highlights the Criteria Channel Partners Use to Assess the Value of their Relationships with Technology Vendors

Asigra Inc., a leading Cloud Backup™ and recovery software provider since 1986, today announced that Forrester Research, Inc. has released a report entitled, The Five Things Channel Partners Want From Tech Vendors (April 2010)[1] highlighting “five criteria [channel partners] use to assess the value of their relationships with tech vendors: market size/opportunity, revenue/profit streams, the vendor’s channel enablement program, the ease of conducting business via the vendor’s channel program, and how the vendor showcases successful partners.”

According to the report, “As more tech vendors adapt or build their products for cloud deployment (e.g., software-as-a-service, storage-as-a-service, etc.), many vendors are working hard to be inclusive of their channel partners in their go-to-market model. And many channel partners are shifting their business models accordingly.” The report noted that, “Most vendors do little to capture, understand, and highlight their channel partners’ customer solutions and value. Notable exceptions include Asigra and Microsoft.” Citing Asigra as an example, the report states, “Asigra solicits customer case studies from its channel partners (and rewards partners for submitting them); Asigra then posts the case studies on YouTube.”

Asigra has differentiated itself in the cloud backup space with a pro-channel business model that rewards partner sales & marketing efforts on a pro-rata basis. Under this model, partners of any size can benefit from maximum margins and premier company incentives in the marketing, sales and delivery of cloud backup services. As an example, the company provides a monthly Partner Spotlight on its website, showcasing partners who are Powered by Asigra and demonstrate excellence in delivering private or public cloud backup solutions. Additionally, at its recent Cloud Backup Partner Summit Asigra announced its Partner Award winners, recognizing channel partner successes in achieving outstanding customer satisfaction through innovative business practices.

“Our channel partners protect more than 100,000 sites worldwide on the Asigra Cloud Backup platform,” said Amrita Chandra, Senior Director, Corporate Marketing for Asigra. “We are pleased to see that our commitment to the channel is being recognized by the industry.”

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Resources

5 Things Channel Partners Want from Tech Vendors

Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Field Audit Report: Asigra

About Asigra

Asigra transforms the way businesses manage and protect their data by delivering market leading cloud backup solutions that seamlessly and efficiently manage, scale and deliver data protection services. Asigra Cloud Backup™ is built for new and existing MSPs/VARs who focus on data protection, IT constrained organizations, and industries with compliance mandates that are looking to improve their backup with a secure, reliable and predictable data protection cloud backup model. With 25 years of experience as backup/recovery pioneers, Asigra technology protects more than 100,000 sites globally ranging from the Global 100 to SMBs. The world’s largest and most profitable service providers including CDW, HP and Terremark Worldwide power their cloud backup services using Asigra technology. Asigra is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with offices globally. For more information, visit www.asigra.com.

Asigra and the Asigra logo are trademarks of Asigra Inc. All other brand and product names are, or may be, trademarks of their respective owners.

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[1] Forrester Research, The Five Things Channel Partners Want From Tech Vendors, April 12, 2010

Publish Date: July 16, 2010 6:00 AM


Free White Paper Download: Making Cents of Tape Versus Disk

 

Perhaps the most interesting thing about the tape verses disk argument…is that there is still an argument. Most storage mediums transition from old to new without even so much as a fuss as the benefit of new media is clearly understood. However, it seems that tape verses disk continues to be the anomaly. Whereas, many IT professionals see a clear and distinct winner, others do not.

 

On one hand, there is the high speed, highly reliable, random access, online benefit of disk. On the other hand, there is the low speed, low reliability, linear access, offline nature of tape. One is new, fast and flashy. The other is old, slow and cumbersome. The winner is clear, right?

 

Although the choice may seem clear when looking at the benefit comparison, IT professionals who choose tape for their backup environment will end up citing a couple things like, “tape is still fast enough to meet their window,” or, “their organization can handle extended periods of downtime while waiting on a restore.” However, the most commonly used answer for a tape deployment over disk is that the sheer expense of tape is simply, “cheaper.” With the performance, management and reliability benefit clearly belonging to disk, the outstanding issue seems to be a “perceived” cost issue.

 

When making a direct cost comparison of media, it is true that the cost-per-byte is cheaper for tape than it is for disk. For some IT professionals, that’s where they draw the line and make a decision. For them, the cost of media is the race, and tape is the winner. The problem, however, has to do with the fact that the race really isn’t about the cost of media; it’s the associated cost of several other factors: downtime, reliability, management, availability, data growth and the cost of the backup system itself. In other words, it’s about the big picture.

 

It should be noted that some IT professionals have circumvented the whole tape vs. disk decision dilemma and have implemented tiered solutions that use both in concert, otherwise known as Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T). With this approach, IT professionals are writing directly to a disk array for their backup then passing it on to tape for deep archiving and off-site portability. With this approach, organizations are leveraging the many benefits of online disk storage while maintaining the portability and long term retention aspects they are used to receiving with tape.

 

Download this no-charge 10-minute white paper in its entirety at: http://www.nexsan.com/whitepapers/Nexsan_10min_WhitePaper_Tape_vs_Disk_GA020110-A.pdf

 

When making the moved toward disk over tape, the DCIG Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide provides the detailed independent analysis important for these decisions. Download the DCIG Midrange Array Buyer’s Guide at no charge and view the results of this comprehensive report at http://www.dciginc.com/2010/06/free-download-dcig-midrange-array-buyers-guide.html

 

 

Publish Date: July 1, 2010 6:07 PM

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