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NEW YORK and PETACH TIKVAH, Israel, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- CTERA Networks today announced that it achieved record bookings in 2016 as global enterprise demand for secure file services continues to grow. The company extended its period of hypergrowth by doubling its subscription sales in 2016 versus 2015, and reaching 35,000 business customers and over 40,000 cloud storage gateways sold. With the only cyber-hardened and completely unified platform that addresses the full range of enterprise file services, CTERA continues to drive customer traction across Fortune 100 enterprises, global government organizations, and leading service providers that increasingly seek to modernize their data infrastructure. Massive data breaches exposed in 2016 at public cloud services providers like Yahoo! and Dropbox, along with the unrelenting growth of unstructured data, are driving unprecedented demand for a private and secure approach to enterprise file services. CTERA enables organizations to modernize their file sharing and data protection agenda with a single platform that can be securely deployed from behind the firewall on any private or virtual private cloud infrastructure, thereby avoiding all of the data privacy and security complications otherwise associated with public cloud SaaS solutions. Customer Traction CTERA continued to add premier customers to its worldwide community, including strategic projects with government organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the State of Texas. Other notable customer wins or expanded engagements included The Santander Group, Live Nation, The Carlyle Group, Henry Schein, Learfield Communications, The Korte Company, and many others. Strategic Partnerships CTERA continued to expand its strategic partnerships in 2016 with leading global cloud and object storage providers, including AWS, Dell EMC, HPE, IBM, NetApp, and Western Digital, and grew existing business with cloud service providers such as Telefonica, Orange, Deutsche Telecom, Swisscom, Telecom Italia, and Bezeq. In October CTERA was recognized as a featured partner of IBM Cloud Object Storage, marking the launch of a new reseller agreement enabling IBM cloud sellers worldwide to offer an integrated solution based on IBM Cloud Object Storage and CTERA's file services platform. Funding In September CTERA closed a $25 million funding round, bringing its total amount of investment to $70 million. The funding allows CTERA to deliver best-in-class products, support and service to an even broader collection of forward-thinking enterprise customers that are modernizing their data infrastructures. Industry Recognition CTERA was recognized in 2016 by a number of independent experts and industry awards, and was referenced by Gartner in over 15 reports, including the IT Market Clock for the Digital Workplace, 2016, which listed CTERA as a Selected Vendor for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing. About CTERA Trusted by Fortune 100, government organizations and leading service providers, CTERA provides the only cyber-hardened and completely unified file sharing and data protection platform that allows enterprise IT to address the full continuum of global file services from the cloud of their choice. CTERA is leading the digital transformation of enterprises to cloud-enabled file services, with millions of users and more than 40,000 cloud storage gateways sold to date. To learn more, visit www.ctera.com.


Alliance Welcomes CenturyLink, Edgeware, Harmonic, NCTA and Western Digital Corp. as New Members FREMONT, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 9, 2017) - The Streaming Video Alliance (the Alliance), an industry forum comprised of leading companies from the online video ecosystem, today convenes at Ericsson in Santa Clara for its first quarterly member meeting of 2017. Highlights from today's event include a keynote address from Ericsson executives and the welcoming of new Principal Members, NCTA, Harmonic and Western Digital Corp., and new Supporting Members, CenturyLink and Edgeware. Today's meeting will feature keynotes by Ericsson TV & Media Strategy organization executives including Vice President, David Price; Vice President of Technology, Raj Nair; and Senior Advisor of Consumer Insights ConsumerLab, Anders Erlandsson. The meeting will also include a general member session and a networking reception. "It's a critical time in the online video industry for technology companies to work together and collaborate on best practices, guidelines, requirements and specifications," said Jason Thibeault, Executive Director of the Streaming Video Alliance. "The Alliance is more focused than ever to develop processes and interoperability that will enable anyone to put together a high-quality, consistent streaming experience -- we're thrilled with our continued growth and progress." As part of the meeting, members will break out into multiple Alliance Working Group sessions to progress on a broad range of important streaming topics. These Working Group sessions include: The Working and Study Groups are at the heart of the Alliance, where a focus on important streaming video issues allows a diverse group of streaming experts to reach agreement on best practices, requirements, specifications and proposed standards. The cross-industry collaboration that these Working Groups foster will also help define an open streaming architecture that will promote the continued growth of online video. Earlier this month, the Alliance announced that trials based on recently approved Open Caching Request Routing and HTTPS Delegation Technical Specification have started. The trials are the first implementation by Alliance member companies of open caching systems that incorporate the specification for request routing in ISP networks to optimize delivery and ensure superior Quality of Experience for live and on-demand video streaming. Participants in the Open Caching Trials include Charter Communications, Limelight Networks, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, Qwilt, Verizon, Viacom, ViaSat and Yahoo. The companies, mostly members of the Alliance's Open Caching Working Group, will conduct a range of use cases during the trials, including live and on-demand streaming video traffic over HTTP and HTTPS. The participating companies will report trial results to the Open Caching Working Group. The Alliance will continue to assess new topics and, as warranted, activate new working groups to further advance the organization's agenda. Members of the Alliance include companies from across the streaming video ecosystem: network operators, technology providers, service providers and content owners. Current members are: Adobe, Arris, Cedexis, CenturyLink, Charter Communications, Ciena, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Concurrent, Conviva, Edgeware, Encompass TV, Ericsson, FOX Networks, Harmonic, Hughes Satellite Systems, IBM, IneoQuest, Intel, Irdeto, Level 3 Communications, Liberty Global, Limelight Networks, MediaMelon, MLBAM, Mobolize, NBCUniversal, NCTA, NeuLion, Nice People at Work, Nokia, OWNZONES, Qwilt, Sky, System73, Telecom Italia, Telstra, ViaPlay, ViaSat Inc., Verimatrix, Verizon, Vubiquity, Western Digital Corp., Wowza Media Systems and Yahoo. For more information on today's Alliance meeting, the Working Groups or to inquire about becoming a member, visit www.streamingvideoalliance.org. About the Streaming Video Alliance Founded in 2014, the Streaming Video Alliance's charter is to encourage deeper collaboration across the entire online video ecosystem, which will include the development of standards and best practices for an open architecture that will operate across the entire online video value chain. The Alliance is currently focused on identifying issues and solutions related to open architecture, quality of experience, and interoperability. For more information, please visit www.streamingvideoalliance.org.


News Article | February 28, 2017
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The Thailand Board of Investment’s New York office, announces the enactment of a new law that aims to enhance Thailand’s competitiveness in targeted industries, that waives corporate income taxes for up to 15 years and subsidizes investment expenses for R&D and innovation. The National Competitive Enhancement Act for Targeted Industries BE 2560 (2017), widens investments incentives to make Thailand more competitive with other countries to draw companies to the country. The law applies to companies investing in Thailand’s core industries such as biotech, advanced manufacturing, creative and digital industries, as well as companies using new technology or advanced production methods, in areas such as nanotechnology, advanced materials and digital technology. The law, a key element of Thailand’s new 4.0 investment strategy, was announced by H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister, at the first annual “Opportunity Thailand” conference that took place in Bangkok, on February 15, 2017. The one day conference focused on the Royal Thai Government’s commitment to continually improve the country’s business environment to ensure that Thailand remains a leading investment destination for foreign companies doing business in Asia and beyond. The conference was attended by Ministers from economy-related ministries such as Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Industry, Minister of Commerce, Minister of ICT, Minister of Science & Technology, as well as high-ranking executives of foreign companies. General Prayut’s message was also shared at the 2nd honorary investor advisors (HIA) meeting hosted by BOI, on Feb 16, 2017, which aimed to gather ideas to boost investment in the Kingdom. The meeting was attended by 34 CEOs of several leading companies worldwide such as Seagate technology , Ford Motor, Western Digital, Mars, and Ducati. “Thailand is an important part of the Asian economic ecosystem,” said Deputy Secretary General of the Thailand Board of Investment, Ms. Ajarin Pattanapanchai, “Our country is one of the favored foreign direct investment destinations for North American, European, and Asian companies in the ASEAN region.” In addition, Prime Minister Prayut introduced at the “Opportunity Thailand” conference, the Thai Government’s flagship initiative, the “Eastern Economic Corridor Development Project” (EEC), which will turn the eastern part of Thailand into a special economic zone. The EEC spans the provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao and will be designated as a high-tech industry cluster with an eye towards becoming ASEAN's leading economic zone for industry, infrastructure and urban development. The recent investments by the Thai Government, to overhaul U-Tapao airport to become a major center for aerospace MRO, lays the infrastructure ground work to meet the logistical needs of companies investing in the EEC. The corridor is designed to accommodate the government's 10 targeted industries of next-generation cars; smart electronics; affluent, medical and wellness tourism; agriculture and biotechnology; food; robotics for industry; logistics and aviation; biofuels and biochemical; digital; and medical services. “We are committed to ensuring we have a healthy economy,” said Deputy Secretary General Pattanapanchai, “and we believe that a robust foreign direct investment environment is one of the core components of a thriving economy.” About BOI The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) is the investment promotion agency for Thailand that facilitates foreign direct investment. BOI’s services are free of charge and customized to help business succeed in Thailand. For more information, please visit http://www.boi.go.th and http://www.thinkasiainvestthailand.com


News Article | February 27, 2017
Site: www.techradar.com

Update: We're constantly updating this buying guide to make sure the very latest - and best - external and portable hard drives are included in this list. Even in a world graced with cloud storage, there’s still a place in this world for the best external hard drive. Also known as the hard disk drive or HDD, these spinning trays are the most affordable way to pack a massive amount of storage into your PC. Making them external only adds to the practicality of a hard drive, allowing transportation beyond your computer’s enclosure. All things considered, you don't need to shell out a monthly subscription fee for iCloud or OneDrive when you can simply purchase an external HDD. Not only is it more affordable in the long-run, but you can get more space for less than even a solid state drive. With hard drives growing more and more capacious every day, it’s only a matter of time before their portable counterparts follow suit. The question remains, however: how do you know which external HDD fits your needs? Luckily, we're here to help. In the following list, we'll discuss external hard drives that are both powerful and premium, affordable yet functional and even a handful that play friendly with the cloud. Let's begin, shall we? An external hard drive you can buy without breaking the bank, Buffalo's MiniStation Extreme NFC could be your match made in heaven. With compatibility for both Mac and Windows machines, the Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC is very flexible, and comes with a rugged case that's dust and water resistant, along with a built-in USB 3.0 cable. Not only is your data kept protected from knocks and drops with the rugged shell, but it's also got 256-bit AES security features and NFC (Near Field Communication) features as well. Essentially it allows you to unlock the drive to get to your files quickly and easily by tapping the supplied NFC card onto the drive's body. Pretty neat! The latest generation of the Western Digital My Passport range of external hard drives has landed, coming in sizes from 1TB to 4TB. It features cloud storage and 256-AES encryption, along with WD's own backup software. Best of all, it is a very good performer when it comes to data transfer speeds, beating many of its competitor. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't reach the top speeds of solid state external drives, but for external hard drives based on traditional HDDs, this is the drive to get. Though the Seagate 5TB expansion is older than the above, it also boasts more storage for the price you pay. In fact, you can expect to shell out just under £20 per TB if you're in the UK or a little less than $24 in the US. The Seagate 5TB Expansion has 64MB of cache and demands an external power supply unit to get it going. Unlike many external hard drives, however, it has a 7200RPM unit inside, meaning that is, unless you opt for the more up to date version from Curry's, which isn't quite as fast. Great if you want to reduce its power consumption, not so much for everything else. Both drives bolster a two-year warranty. This drive is ideal for gamers as it complements quite nicely the internal storage of gaming consoles like the Xbox One. If you're looking for the absolute largest capacity external hard drive, then the WD My Book Duo 16TB is the one to get, offering a huge 16TB of storage space over two hard drives. If you don't mind sacrificing some of the ample storage space you can set the drives up in a RAID array, so you have file backups of your files should one of the drives die. This USB 3.0 drive has many of the features of a fully-fledged NAS device (including a high price), and if you have a router with a USB 3.0 port you could use this as a network attached storage device in its own right. The device, which comes with two-year warranty, has 256-bit AES hardware encryption, and automatic backup software (WD SmartWare Pro). Worth noting that the enclosure used is fully serviceable and that WD ships the drive already pre-formatted for Windows users (NTFS). No use to non-Thunderbolt devices If you work with a lot of large files, such as videos, then the OWC ThunderBay 4 Mini is an excellent external storage solution. It supports up to four 2.5-inch drives, and can be bought with SSDs already installed, or as an empty enclosure. It comes with two Thunderbolt 2 ports for extremely quick read and write speeds, so you can edit files on the OWC ThunderBay 4 Mini's hard drives as quickly and smoothly as if they were located on your internal hard drives. You can also daisy chain a number of OWC ThunderBay 4 Minis together using Thunderbolt 2 cables for even more storage. The price we show above is for the empty enclosure. No need for power supply with USB-C The Seagate 8TB Innov8 range is worth a mention. It is a normal-size 3.5-inch desktop hard disk drive but doesn't need an external power supply to run. Instead, it needs to be powered via a USB Type-C connector without which it won't work. It does pave the way for customers to move staggering amount of data around without being tethered. What sets the Innov8 apart from the competition is the design. All metal with fins to keep the drive cool and a minimalist approach to the drive's construction. If absolute performance coupled with ease of use is what you are yearning for, then for a small business user or someone working in the creative industry, the Innov8 is a no-brainer. Others will probably settle for far cheaper but less elegant options like the WD My Book mentioned previously. You pay more for the Mac-formatted version If you want to combine speed and capacity, then the Seagate Backup Plus Desktop Drive 5TB is definitely worth considering. It comes in a range of sizes up to 8TB and it beats the competition when it comes to read and write speeds as well. On top of this storage and speed, you get a decent amount of peace of mind thanks to Seagate's lower than average failure rates, especially in bigger capacity hard drives. You also get backup software, and the drive is compatible with both Windows and Macs, though it's formatted for Windows out of the box unless you go for a Mac-specific hard drive - though these are more expensive. Though our feelings were lukewarm on the My Passport Wireless of yesteryear, the 2016 “Pro” variant of the HDD restores faith in the Western Digital name. The design, for instance, has been overhauled and no longer resembles the My Passport Ultra nor My Passport for Mac. Instead, there’s now a more premium feel to the My Passport Wireless Pro. It resembles an external DVD drive, but considering the onboard SD card slot (and a dedicated SD transfer button), don’t worry about getting it confused with anything else. For photographers, this is the Wireless Pro’s killer app. For everyone else, there’s a massive 6,400mAh battery built into the device. This lets the drive be used completely free of wires over 2.4GHz or 5GHz channels. When it’s wired up, however, don’t expect cutting edge connection tech, as the My Passport Wireless Pro uses only USB Type-B to Type-A. Completely absent is the latest and greatest USB-C connection. Where the My Passport Wireless Pro compromises on affordability, it’s able to benefit in just about every other area. Of course, not everyone needs a wireless hard drive or SD card support, but for those who do, it’s almost essential. You need USB-C ports to take advantage of speed You may have stumbled upon the LaCie Porsche Design Mobile Drive when perusing the Apple website for . There’s a reason for that: the Porsche Design ships with both USB Type-C to Type-A and USB Type-C to Type-C connectors, making it a worthy candidate regardless of your setup. It’s expensive for an external hard drive, don’t get us wrong, especially if you’re in the market for the top-end 4TB option. On the other hand, this is an HDD that could theoretically output speeds of up to 5Gbps, if it weren’t hindered by the limits of SMR (Shingled Magnetic Recording) technology. Comprising five 800GB platters in a 15mm form factor, the LaCie Porsche Design Mobile is an excellent challenger to the Seagate M3, though it’s notably bigger in both weight and dimensions. Sure, it packs an extra convenience factor in the form of USB-C, but it should be noted that the Porsche Design Mobile is still limited to USB 3.0 speeds. Plus, even an aluminum finish can’t prevent it from clashing with your Rose Gold . Nevertheless, LaCie’s offering is the best USB-C external HDD money can buy, at least for the time being. Typically, iStorage hard disks cater best to governments and multinational organizations around the world, for good reason too – they offer tight security like no other drives around. If someone tries to tamper with your iStorage drive, you can configure it to self-desturct. What's more, the data is encrypted by the 256-bit AES protocol, with multiple forms of protection in place to ensure the bad guys don't get in no matter how persistent. When you consider all that extra security, the prices won't scare you away either. Sure, it's still expensive, four times the price of an equivalent 2TB drive, and unlikely to be the most nimble performer. But, you're paying for a product that's virtually uncrackable. Bear in mind, though, you'll get no help from the manufacturer if things go awry and you lose your password. Gabe Carey and Matt Hanson also contributed to this article


News Article | February 27, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

BARCELONA, Spain--(BUSINESS WIRE)--MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS – Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC), a global storage technology and solutions leader, today increased the capacity of its award-winning line of iOS mobile flash drives with the introduction of its 256GB** SanDisk® iXpandTM Flash Drive and 256GB SanDisk ConnectTM Wireless Stick. The new super-high capacity SanDisk drives now match the top-capacity iPhones and iPads available to consumers today, giving users the ability to capture significantly more videos, photos and music on their iPhones and iPads. “Consumers enjoy using the latest advanced mobile devices to capture high-resolution photos or to record 4K videos. With such advancements, device storage capacities are increasing, and we believe consumers will continue to demand separate high-capacity devices and storage solutions to help them manage their digital life,” said Neil Shah, research director, Counterpoint Research. “As people continue to capture more photos and videos on their iPhones, some eventually want to move them to another storage device or back up their valuable digital content,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president of product development, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “Our goal is to keep up with these evolving technologies by offering mobile storage solutions that help ensure consumers can capture those perfect moments without having to worry. With these incredible new capacities, we are delivering on that goal by helping users save, share, backup and transfer content without storage limitations.” The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is a mobile storage device designed to help people quickly and easily free up space on their iPhone and iPad1 – now offering up to 256GB of additional capacity. It features a flexible Lightning connector and a USB 3.0 connector so users can quickly and easily move photos and videos between their iPhone and iPad – and Mac or PC. The product features the award-winning companion app, the iXpand Drive app for iPhone and iPad, which offers new features and an improved user experience. The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive allows users to automatically back up2 their camera roll, content from social networking sites including tagged photos from Facebook and Instagram2, and watch popular video formats straight from the drive3 via the iXpand Drive app. The drive also includes encryption software that password-protects files4, allowing people to share their content while helping keep sensitive files protected across devices. As part of the update, people can now cast content from the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive to their television via ChromecastTM device or Amazon FireTM directly from the app. The app is available for download from the App Store for iPhone and iPad, and launches when the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive is plugged into an iPhone or iPad – allowing for access to the user’s content and easy file management. Now with up to 256GB of capacity, the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick offers iPhone and iPad users the ability to store and stream a massive amount of content at their fingertips6. It features the SanDisk Connect app7 for iPhone and iPad which enables nearly effortless management of content between devices including iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and PC – offered via password-protected Wi-Fi connectivity. The SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick is capable of streaming music, videos or HD movies to three devices at a time via the SanDisk Connect app and is a popular choice for people looking for a simple way to share and stream content between multiple devices and computers. The app also supports streaming on large displays via AirPlay with Apple TV. The four-star SanDisk Connect app is available for download on the App Store. The 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick are available now at Amazon, Best Buy.com, bhphotovideo.com and other popular retailers, with an MSRP of $279.99. The complete line of SanDisk mobile storage solutions can be purchased at more than 300,000 retailers worldwide. Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is an industry-leading provider of storage technologies and solutions that enable people to create, leverage, experience and preserve data. The company addresses ever-changing market needs by providing a full portfolio of compelling, high-quality storage solutions with customer-focused innovation, high efficiency, flexibility and speed. Our products are marketed under the HGST, SanDisk and WD brands to OEMs, distributors, resellers, cloud infrastructure providers and consumers. For more information, please visit www.hgst.com, www.wd.com, and www.sandisk.com. SanDisk, a Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) brand, provides trusted and innovative flash storage products that have transformed the electronics industry. SanDisk’s quality, state-of-the-art solutions are at the heart of many of the world's largest data centers, and embedded in advanced smartphones, tablets and PCs. SanDisk’s consumer products are available at hundreds of thousands of retail stores worldwide. This news release includes forward-looking statements, including the expected availability and performance of the 256GB SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive and SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick and their features, availability, and their benefits to customers. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including our most recently filed periodic report to which your attention is directed. We do not intend to update the information contained in this release. *Based on average 10MP photo files size (3 MB) and 1080P video file size (4GB/60 mins @ HD standard MPEG-4 AVCHD/H.264) **1 GB=1,000,000,000 bytes. Actual user storage less. 1iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPad Air™, iPad mini™, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro, iPad with Retina display, iPod® 5th Generation and newer; iXpand Drive app and iOS 8.2 required. 2Available for download from the App Store. iOS 8.2 required. Setup automatic backup within app settings. 3Support for .WMV, .AVI, .MKV, .MP4, .MOV video formats. DRM-protected content cannot be streamed. Check with the content provider for playback restrictions. 4Password protection uses 128-bit AES encryption and is supported by iOS 8.2, Mac OS X v10.8, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10. 5 Up to 45 meters (150ft.) with clear line of sight. Actual range may vary depending upon position, signal interference and other factors. 6Some DRM-protected content cannot be streamed. Check with the content provider for playback restrictions. HD (1280x720) video support may vary based on host device, file attributes and other factors. 7App available for download on the App Store, Google Play™ store and Amazon Appstore for Android™. ©2017 Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates. All rights reserved. SanDisk, iXpand and SanDisk Connect are registered trademarks or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the US and/or other countries. Apple, the Apple logo, Mac iPad, iPad mini, iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, AirPlay, and Lightning are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Chromecast is a trademark of Google Inc. Amazon Fire TV, and logo is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. Western Digital Technologies, Inc. is the seller of record and licensee in the Americas of SanDisk® products.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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Cloud-Core NAS (C2N) Wins Bronze in Disk and Hybrid Storage Systems Category for its Ability to Create Cloud-Enabled Infrastructure PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwired - Feb 15, 2017) - Avere Systems, a leading provider of hybrid cloud enablement solutions, announced today that it was named a winner of Storage Magazine/SearchStorage.com 2016 Product of the Year awards, earning the bronze designation in the disk and hybrid storage systems category for its Cloud-Core NAS (C2N) system. The annual competition recognizes the year's best data storage products that have been introduced or undergone a significant upgrade within the past year. Winners of the 15th annual Storage Magazine/SearchStorage.com Product of the Year awards were evaluated by a panel comprised of users, analysts, consultants and editors. Judges noted that Avere's C2N system is an "interesting move to finally produce an on-prem product to complement the caching FXT." Additionally, they praised C2N as "highly innovative" and "a major release," calling it "a high performance scale-out NAS, cloud integrated storage, global file system, high performance AFA or hybrid, and more." Announced in 2016, Avere C2N is the only storage solution to combine the simplicity of NAS and the efficiency of object storage to deliver cloud-enabled infrastructure to the enterprise. Transforming traditional storage environments into cloud infrastructure that scales from 120 terabytes to more than five petabytes, Avere C2N provides an easy and economical path to the cloud. "Avere is honored to be named as one of the Products of the Year by Storage Magazine and SearchStorage.com," said Rebecca Thompson, VP Marketing at Avere Systems. "As organizations are increasingly looking to adopt the cloud, C2N helps transform existing environments into cloud-aware infrastructure, offering enterprises a stepping stone to object storage." Avere is pleased to add the Storage Magazine/SearchStorage.com Product of the Year awards to its growing number of industry honors. Avere's FXT Edge filers won silver for the category of Enterprise Product of the Year in the 2016 Best in Biz Awards and was named Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Top workplaces for the third consecutive year in 2016. Additionally, Avere was named a finalist in the 2017 TechTarget Impact Awards, Pittsburgh Technology Council Tech 50 Awards and Computing Vendor Excellence Awards in 2016. About TechTarget's Storage Media Group TechTarget's SearchStorage.com is the No. 1 online destination for IT professionals charged with purchasing, implementing and managing storage systems at the core of large- and medium-sized businesses. More than 600,000 storage-focused IT executives, managers and staff rely on SearchStorage.com for the information they need to do their jobs. SearchStorage.com content includes original editorial features, news, expert storage advice, Webcasts and white papers. TechTarget's Storage magazine is the only monthly resource that provides information technology (IT) executives, managers and staff with in-depth analysis and forward-looking guidance on managing, storing, networking and safeguarding the data at the core of large organizations. More information can be found at www.SearchStorage.com. About Avere Systems Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere's hybrid cloud solutions give companies -- for the first time -- the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visit www.averesystems.com.


News Article | February 18, 2017
Site: globenewswire.com

In 2016 ELKO Group has achieved revenue growth by 15.5% year-on-year, thanks to focus on growth segments and progress strengthening a position in the market. Growth in revenue is observed in all markets: Supporting the growth, ELKO Group has increased investments in human resources, thereby administrative and distribution expenses are higher comparing to prior year reaching 6 mUSD (5 mEUR). Higher financing costs explained with high Russian ruble financing costs, increase of cost on loans from European banks as well as by effect of high yield bond issuance. ELKO Group finished the year with 8.5 mUSD (7.7 mEUR) of net profit, due to above mentioned that is decrease comparing to exceptionally high net profit of 21.8 mUSD (19.7 mEUR) in 2015. ELKO Group was founded in 1993 and is one of the largest IT product wholesalers and IT solutions and services distributors in Eastern Europe, now also actively expanding to Central Asian market. ELKO represents more than 120 IT vendors and sells their goods to more than 6500 retailers, local computer producers and system integrators. ELKO offers more than 20 000 product titles from the most famous vendors - Acer, Apple, Asus, Dell, HGST, Intel, Kingston, Lenovo, Microsoft, Seagate, Supermicro, Western Digital and others. At the moment, more than 700 people are employed with ELKO. ELKO Group belongs to several legal entities and investment fund Amber Trust.


News Article | February 20, 2017
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SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - February 20, 2017) - Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Don Lopes, Vice President, Marketing & Channels at Nexenta, to its prestigious list of 2017 Channel Chiefs. The executives on this annual list represent top leaders in the IT channel who excel at driving growth and revenue in their organizations through channel partners. Channel Chief honorees are selected by CRN's editorial staff on the basis of their professional achievements, standing in the industry, dedication to the channel partner community and strategies for driving future growth and innovation. Each of the 2017 Channel Chiefs has demonstrated loyalty and ongoing support for the IT channel by consistently promoting, defending and executing outstanding channel partner programs. As the VP of Marketing & Channels for Nexenta, Don Lopes serves the channel in a multitude of ways. Don drives Nexenta's go-to-market strategy, which is entirely channel driven, by managing the Nexenta Partner Program. Through this program, Nexenta provides Distributors, Resellers, System Integrators, and Service Providers with the most innovative software-defined storage solutions to streamline the transition to a software-defined enterprise. Don combines excellent sales, support and marketing skills to ensure Nexenta's channel partners have everything they need to make their businesses successful and continue to build and grow strong partnerships. "The executives on our 2017 Channel Chiefs list have distinguished themselves by building strong partner programs, developing and executing effective business strategy and helping to advance the channel as a whole," said Bob Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. "They represent an extraordinary group of individuals who lead by example and serve as both invaluable advocates and innovators of the IT channel. We applaud their achievements and look forward to their successes in the coming year." "I am beyond grateful to be honored by CRN with this prestigious award again this year," said Don Lopes, Vice President, Marketing & Channels at Nexenta. "CRN strives to cultivate the channel and initiate important relationships across the IT industry, and this recognition reflects Nexenta's continuous commitment to our customers and partners in the same regard." The 2017 CRN Channel Chiefs list is featured in the February 2017 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/channelchiefs. About Nexenta Nexenta is the inventor and market leader in Open Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) with nearly 6,000 customers, 300 partners, 50 patents, and more than 1,500 petabytes of storage under management; disrupting one of the largest IT market segments nearing $100B in size by 2020. Nexenta uniquely integrates software-only "open source" collaboration with one of the most active communities with 45,000+ members, and a comprehensive vision around commodity hardware-centric OpenSDS innovation enabling any app, any cloud platform and any protocol to power the largest and most performant data centers globally in the most cost effective way. Nexenta OpenSDS solution portfolio is 100% Software-based. Nexenta provides organizations with Total Freedom protecting them against punitive legacy hardware vendor gimmicks via "vendor-lock-in", "vendor-bait-n-switch", and "vendor-rip-n-replace". Nexenta also provides comprehensive enterprise-class support and services with All Love. Nexenta leads organizations with the "true" benefits of "true" Software-Defined Everything-centric cloud computing deployments. Nexenta enables everyday apps from rich media-driven social living to mobility; from the internet of things to big data; from legacy enterprise app deployments to do-it-yourself and web-scale cloud app deployments -- on all types of clouds -- private, public, and/or hybrid. Founded on an "open core" platform Nexenta disrupts the legacy storage industry with its end-to-end scale-up and scale-out storage management software via integrated and advanced predictive management capabilities. Nexenta delivers its award- and patent-winning software-only unified storage management solutions along with enterprise-scale 24x7 global service and support with a market-leading global partner network, including Canonical, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Docker, Google, HPE, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Micron, Microsoft, Quanta, Samsung, Seagate, Supermicro, VMware, Western Digital, Wipro, and many others. Nexenta: 100% Software. Total Freedom. All Love. Nexenta, NexentaStor, NexentaConnect, NexentaEdge and NexentaFusion are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nexenta Systems Inc., in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks, service marks and company names mentioned in this document are properties of their respective owners. About The Channel Company The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com Copyright ©2017. The Channel Company, LLC. CRN and The Channel Company logo are registered trademarks of The Channel Company, LLC. All rights reserved.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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— The Global Hard Drives Market Research Report 2017 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Hard Drives industry. In a word, This report studies Hard Drives in Global market, especially in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, focuses on top manufacturers in global market, with capacity, production, price, revenue and market share for each manufacturer. Key companies included in this research are Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba, Hitachi, Intel, Samsung, Sandisk, Micron, Liteon, Fusion-Io, Kingston Digital, Corsair, Plextor, Galaxy Technology, Shinedisk, Biwin and Adata. Market Segment by Region, this report splits Global into several key Region, with sales, revenue, market share and growth rate of Hard Drives in these regions, from 2011 to 2022 (forecast), like North America, Europe, China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Firstly, Hard Drives Market Split by product type, with production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into SSD (Solid State Drives), HDD (Mechanical Hard Disk) and HHD (Hybrid Hard Disk). Split by application, this report focuses on consumption, market share and growth rate of Hard Drives in each application, can be divided into Personal Use, Commercial Use, Industrial Use, Government and Other. 7.1 Western Digital 7.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.1.2 Hard Drives Product Type, Application and Specification 7.1.2.1 Product A 7.1.2.2 Product B 7.1.3 Western Digital Hard Drives Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.2 Seagate 7.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.2.2 Hard Drives Product Type, Application and Specification 7.2.2.1 Product A 7.2.2.2 Product B 7.2.3 Seagate Hard Drives Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview 7.3 Toshiba 7.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors 7.3.2 Hard Drives Product Type, Application and Specification 7.3.2.1 Product A 7.3.2.2 Product B 7.3.3 Toshiba Hard Drives Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016) 7.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview Table Major Manufacturers of HDD (Mechanical Hard Disk) Figure Product Picture of HHD (Hybrid Hard Disk) Table Major Manufacturers of HHD (Hybrid Hard Disk) Table Hard Drives Consumption Market Share by Application in 2015 Figure Personal Use Examples Figure Commercial Use Examples Figure Industrial Use Examples Figure Government Examples Figure Other Examples Figure North America Hard Drives Revenue (Million USD) and Growth Rate (2012-2022) For more information, please visit http://www.reportsweb.com/global-hard-drives-market-research-report-2017


News Article | February 22, 2017
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IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NGD Systems, a pioneer creating intelligent solid state drives (SSD) for public and private cloud data centers, today announced the availability of the industry’s highest density storage solution. Shipping immediately and currently being qualified at leading OEMs, the Catalina SSD is available in capacities up to 24TB with 3D TLC flash in a PCIe edge card form factor. “The Catalina is the industry’s highest capacity PCIe NVMe SSD, designed and optimized for applications requiring consistent and low latency mass storage,” said Nader Salessi, founder and chief executive officer of NGD Systems. “We are setting a new metric for energy and storage density to meet a key concern within data center and cold storage applications alike.” At less than 0.65 watts per terabyte, the new benchmark of the Catalina SSD achieved by using NGD System’s patented Elastic FTL (Flash Translation Layer) algorithm, and the incorporation of its advanced error correction capabilities, which enables 3D TLC NAND flash in enterprise applications. Not only is this watt per terabyte ratio more efficient than that of any other SSD currently shipping, it is also better than the highest capacity Enterprise HDD currently shipping. Optimized for read intensive applications, the Catalina SSD is ideal for use in Content Delivery Networks (CDN), Just a Bunch of Flash drives (JBOFs), and media severs. Based in Irvine, California, NGD Systems, formerly known as NxGn Data, is focused on bringing a new generation of intelligent SSD Solutions to market. With a vision of delivering on the concept of “compute to storage” efficiently and cost effectively, the company is building a converged platform that delivers both enterprise SSD storage capabilities, and the added value of computational functionality directly on stored data. NGD Systems was founded in 2013 by a group of seasoned SSD industry veterans with more than 100 years of combined industry experience. The company has been granted 14 patents in key areas of SSD design, with an additional 13 patents filed. In their various roles at companies like Western Digital, STEC and Memtech, the founders have helped drive and shape the storage industry during this period of rapid growth and expansion

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