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Ericom PowerTerm WebConnect provides Children's Health Associates with secure and centrally managed access to multiple applications and systems.

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In 2008, improving data center efficiency is a major initiative for IT. Lack ofphysical space, the increasing cost of energy, and the need to protect theenvironment are all key drivers in the efforts to upgrade the data center.Fortunately, there are many options available. Blade servers, virtualizationsoftware, and new data center management and cooling techniques are amongthe tools that can be used to achieve greater efficiency.Read this SearchCIO.com E-guide to learn how CIOs are using virtualization tosave power, money and space, become more environmentally friendly, and toset up a more effective disaster recovery plan.

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dcLINK Is The Only Data Collection Solution Available That Combines Voice, Bar Code, And RFID Input Modes In A Single Package OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--Data Systems International, Inc. (DSI) today announced the release of the latest service pack for its dcLINK® data collection solution. dcLINK 4.2.4 includes voice functionality that makes it the industry's first automated data collection software to seamlessly incorporate bar code, RFID, and voice inputs into a single integrated package. As a result, DSI clients who install dcLINK 4.2.4 can configure business processes that use mixed input modes of data collection and use the most appropriate data collection method for their business needs. DSI is a leading global provider of automated data collection software, services, and technology. Expanded Functionality dcLINK 4.2.4 is now available and includes a number of program enhancements that expand dcLINK functionality. Key deliverables include: Voice support ─ allows voice recognition and text-to-speech capabilities for specific script elements (dcLINK® VOICEActivator™). Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) support ─ enhances user management capabilities. XML interoperability client enhancements ─ supports Oracle enhancements in the multithreading processes for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. “We’ve bundled a number of technological and functional enhancements into dcLINK 4.2.4 that will enhance our clients’ use of the product. We are especially excited about dcLINK’s new voice capabilities, which will allow our clients to voice-enable common warehouse and manufacturing processes,” said Gary Delancy, DSI Vice President of Development. About Data Systems International, Inc. Data Systems International, Inc. (DSI) provides integrated data collection software, services, and technology to companies worldwide through its offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, and its global network of partners. DSI's dcLINK® is the most comprehensive automated data collection solution available for accurately tracking inventory, assets, and time using RFID, bar code, voice, and mobile application technology with real-time data integration to leading enterprise software applications. The company is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. For more information, visit http://www.DSIonline.com.
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Comprehensive metric enables businesses to evaluate effectiveness of speech systems and improve overall caller experience NEW YORK--SpeechCycle Inc., the award-winning connected SaaS innovator for the enterprise, introduced its Caller Experience Index (CEI) – a measurement tool that enables executives to optimize ongoing investments in speech-enabled customer self-service initiatives. CEI is an industry first for assessing the overall effectiveness of voice recognition systems by combining both quantitative and qualitative analysis. This comprehensive metric was developed and validated by SpeechCycle based on the millions of calls processed and terabytes of speech and performance data captured to date through the Speechcycle SaaS-based offering. “We initially developed the Caller Experience Index by leveraging our unique industry expertise, tools and processes, to drive improvements in the caller experience of our applications. This led to the creation of what we call Rich Phone Applications that provides an Immersive Caller Experience,” said Roberto Pieraccini, SpeechCycle CTO. “We are now offering the CEI measurement tool as a service to help other companies evaluate their speech self-service initiatives and increase overall caller adoption.” “Without an accurate metric to measure caller experience, how do executives make data-driven decisions about speech systems to improve the overall caller experience? Until now, they’ve had to rely on incomplete data and subjective feedback from various sources and then hope for the best,” continued Pieraccini. Caller Experience Index The Caller Experience Index provides a comprehensive view of how speech systems are performing through a combination of quantitative and qualitative analytics to measure a vast array of indicators. Statistical process and algorithms are applied to score a speech system’s overall caller experience. The resulting CEI ranking along with the supporting data and recommendations are presented to customer care managers and executives to provide deeper insight into the solution. The CEI analysis helps them to understand system performance, then drill down on key areas for improvements and develop a plan for continuously enhancing the caller experience. Subsequent efforts to improve the speech systems can be measured in terms of the CEI for each new system update. The analysis can also be used to monitor enterprise events, such as a shift in call drivers due to marketing campaigns or product launches, which may cause the CEI ranking to go down and allows managers to take corrective actions. “CEI sets the bar for dialog systems going forward and will accelerate the development and adoption of speech technology in general, as businesses will finally have accurate data to help them constantly improve on performance. Reliably measuring spoken dialog systems is a non-trivial task. SpeechCycle’s CEI is an important advance as it tries to capture not just the objective measures but also subjective measures about the caller experience itself. CEI is critical to evaluating the effectiveness of current systems and in developing new and better spoken dialog systems,” said Alan W Black, Associate Research Professor at the Language Technologies Institute of the Carnegie Mellon University and one of the leaders of Let’Go Lab, an NSF funded initiative to help push the envelope on spoken dialog technology. Offered as an on-going service, the CEI offering combines Speechcycle’s advanced analytical tools and processes to accurately benchmark current speech system performance and enable organizations to continuously evaluate and improve upon the caller experience. To learn more about the Caller Experience Index, contact SpeechCycle at CEI@speechcycle.com. About SpeechCycle’s SaaS-Based Rich Phone Applications SpeechCycle Rich Phone Applications (RPAs) integrate customizable voice user interfaces with enterprise applications and web services to deliver an immersive caller experience that is a generation beyond traditional natural language dialog systems. RPAs represent the future of enterprise and mass consumer speech applications, connecting web, ERP, CRM, contact center, commerce and other transactional systems with a highly scalable, on-demand SaaS environment that enables rapid time-to-value for phone-based initiatives. About SpeechCycle SpeechCycle, the leading provider of Rich Phone Applications (RPAs). powers innovative voice-based applications for more than 50 enterprise deployments across more than 35 contact centers in North America and around the world. With hundreds of millions of minutes of phone-based user interactions processed through the SpeechCycle service to date, SpeechCycle is in the vanguard of a new generation of on-demand speech innovators, delivering strategic customer value that speaks for itself. For more information go to www.speechcycle.com.
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MIAMI-- May 22, 2008--The best just got better. Alienware – the leading manufacturer of high-performance desktop, notebook and entertainment systems – has announced the relaunch of its acclaimed Area-51 ALX desktop. Long held as the standard for elite, ultra-high-performance computers, the all-new ALX shocks the industry as the first and only desktop to offer the 3.2GHz Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme QX9770 overclocked to an unimaginable 4.0GHz. Alienware’s expert engineers have pushed the QX9770 to its maximum stable output for an intense experience that you can get only from an Alienware computer. Every new Area-51 ALX comes standard with Alienware ALX High-Performance Liquid Cooling. Powering the Area-51 ALX desktop’s graphics, users have their choice between NVIDIA® Quad SLI® featuring dual NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800 GX2 cards or an ATI™ CrossFireX™ configuration with dual ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 X2 cards. Rounding out the system’s performance is up to 4GB of Corsair™ Dominator™ DDR3 1600MHz memory. No other system offers this level of raw power and aggression. “The performance packed into the Area-51 ALX desktop is flat-out unheard-of,” says Marc Diana, Product Marketing Manager for Alienware. “Alienware has always been committed to building only the fastest, most powerful systems available, and that’s exactly what we’ve done with the new ALX.” “By enabling the Area-51 ALX to operate at blazing speed with a great mix of performance and energy efficiency, the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9770 is the heart of a system sure to excite any Alienware user,” said CJ Bruno, VP, GM Americas Sales & Marketing. For more information, visit: www.alienware.com/ALX. About Alienware Alienware offers unique and award-winning technology products that incorporate state–of–the–art components, innovative engineering and design, and unprecedented customer service. Alienware has been recognized by INC 500, won the Shoppers’ Choice Award as the Best Performance Desktop by Computer Shopper’s reader survey, had its Alienware Area-51 ranked among “The 25 Greatest PCs of All Time” by PC World and also received PC Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award in its 18th Annual Reader Survey. Alienware systems are available direct within the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. For more information, please visit www.alienware.com or call 1-800-ALIENWARE (254-3692).
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MCLEAN, Va.--May 22, 2008--Global Telecom & Technology, Inc. (“GTT”), (OTCBB:GTLT), a leading global Multi-Network Operator (“MNO”), today announced the launch of its new Network Migration Service offering that allows companies to outsource the management of their global data networks. With this service, GTT provides quoting, provisioning, and maintenance support for enterprise and carrier customers with complex networks that use multiple underlying vendors and traverse multiple countries. GTT’s Network Migration Service also gives customers who are seeking a higher quality of customer service a viable alternative to their incumbent service providers. GTT has successfully completed the migration of several large data networks, including the network for Avaya Germany (Avaya), a leading global provider of business communications software, systems, and services. GTT continues to provide ongoing network design, implementation, and operations support on Avaya’s behalf. This network is currently comprised of services from more than 20 underlying suppliers. GTT’s Network Migration Service also helps large carriers migrate the management of their off-net traffic where they have limited expertise, or do not have the local experience to drive optimal price points. GTT, utilizing more than 800 supplier relationships, provides network services to over 300 customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. “GTT’s Network Migration Service is our direct response to the needs of the marketplace,” said Richard D. Calder, Jr., GTT’s president and CEO. “Companies choose GTT to outsource the increasingly complex task of maintaining their global data networks, thereby freeing them to focus on their core businesses. As a Multi-Network Operator, we have expertise in managing multiple vendors and leveraging our extensive worldwide supplier relationships to create the most efficient network solutions for our customers.” About GTT As a Multi-Network Operator, GTT combines multiple networks and technologies to design unique network solutions for its customers. By integrating components of multiple carrier networks, GTT can create the “best network” in a way that no single carrier can. GTT has taken the Multi-Network Operator strategy to a new level, through a combination of powerful network design tools, a global service footprint, extensive supplier relationships, and an expert team delivering outstanding end-to-end customer service. Headquartered just outside Washington, D.C. in McLean, Virginia and with offices in London, Paris, and Dusseldorf, GTT has over 150 carrier partnerships and access to over 100,000 network Points of Presence around the world. GTT provides a global service footprint that supports more than 300 businesses in more than 70 countries, worldwide. For more information visit the GTT web site: www.gt-t.net
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WALTHAM, Mass.--May 23, 2008--Phase Forward (NASDAQ: PFWD), a leading provider of data management solutions for clinical trials and drug safety, has been named by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) as the winner of the 2008 CODiE Award for Best Medical and Health Information Product for its InForm™ Integrated Trial Management (ITM) 4.6 product. Successfully used in more than 2,300 trials, the InForm electronic data capture (EDC) solution delivers end-to-end electronic clinical data management (eCDM) capabilities to sponsors and sites that rely on the capture, management and evaluation of collected clinical trial data. The CODiE Awards, now in their 23rd year, use both journalist and peer-company reviews to identify the leaders and innovators in categories across the software, digital content and education technology industries. This year’s winners were chosen from more than 1,100 nominations submitted by more than 600 companies for the excellence of their products, services, corporate leadership and philanthropy. “The 2008 CODiE Awards recognize those companies providing the best new technology products and services across a broad array of industries,” noted SIIA President Ken Wasch. “The awards and their winners are a testament to the power of technology to deliver innovative solutions to American businesses and consumers. SIIA congratulates all of the CODiE Award winners and nominees, whose innovation is essential for continuing America’s leadership in the global knowledge economy.” “We are gratified by the recognition offered by SIIA,” said Bob Weiler, CEO and president, Phase Forward. “We are pleased to accept this award on behalf of our customers, whose use of InForm reflects their commitment to leveraging technological innovation to bring drugs to market more safely and efficiently, and also our employees, whose dedication and commitment are clearly reflected in the product.” Winners were announced on May 20 at the CODiE Awards Gala at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, CA. For a complete listing of all the award winners, visit: http://www.siia.net/codies/2008/finalists.asp. About SIIA The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to more than 800 leading software and information companies. For further information, visit www.siia.net. About Phase Forward Phase Forward is a leading provider of integrated data management solutions for clinical trials and drug safety. The company offers proven solutions for electronic data capture (InForm(TM)), phase I clinic automation (LabPas(TM)), clinical data management (Clintrial(TM)), clinical trials signal detection (CTSD(TM)), strategic pharmacovigilance (WebVDME(TM) and Signal Management), adverse event reporting (Empirica(TM) Trace) and applied data standards (WebSDM(TM)). In addition, the company provides services in the areas of application implementation, hosting and validation, data integration, business process optimization, safety data management and industry standards. Phase Forward‘s products and services have been utilized in over 10,000 clinical trials involving more than 1,000,000 clinical trial study participants at over 280 organizations and regulatory agencies worldwide including: AstraZeneca, Boston Scientific, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Eli Lilly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, GlaxoSmithKline, Harvard Clinical Research Institute, Merck Serono, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, PAREXEL International, Procter & Gamble, Quintiles, sanofi-aventis, Schering-Plough Research Institute, Servier, Tibotec and the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Additional information about Phase Forward is available at www.phaseforward.com. Cautionary Statement Certain statements made in this press release that are not based on historical information are forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This press release contains express or implied forward-looking statements relating to, among other things, the performance of Phase Forward’s products and services, continued market acceptance of Phase Forward’s products and services, and the ability of Phase Forward’s customers to realize benefits from the use of Phase Forward’s products and services. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees, but are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond Phase Forward's control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in these forward-looking statements. In particular, the risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the ability of Phase Forward’s customers to realize benefits from the use of its products and services, the possibility that customers’ needs or plans may change over time, and the introduction or improvement of products and services competitive with those of Phase Forward. Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Phase Forward undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise. For additional disclosure regarding these and other risks faced by Phase Forward, see the disclosure contained in Phase Forward's public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including, without limitation, its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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DUBLIN, Ireland--May 23, 2008--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c92770) has announced the addition of "Mobility Investment in Medium-sized Enterprises H2 2007 (Databook)" to their offering. This databook from the Technology Trends service helps vendors to understand medium-sized enterprises current and forthcoming investment in mobility solutions. The data has been drawn from interviews with over 173 IT managers conducted in H2 2007. Scope - We have interviewed 500 IT decision makers about their investment in 8 core enterprise technologies. - Interviews have been conducted with IT decision makers to gain an understanding of their attitudes to, and adoption of, various technologies. - The interviews have been spread evenly across 8 geographical markets and span 10 vertical markets and 5 enterprise size bands. Highlights of this title Over the course of 2007, we are publishing over 100 databooks with Technology Trends data cut by technology, vertical market, geography and size band. Key reasons to purchase this title - Gain insight into key technology investment patterns and trends in target markets. - Understand evolving customer IT budgets, attitudes to technology adoption, technology decision-making processes, and perception of technology vendors. - Enable your sales, marketing and product teams to address your IT audience. CONTENTS: OVERVIEW - Catalyst - Summary MOBILITY INVESTMENT IN MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES - Extent to which medium-sized enterprises currently have or use mobility solutions - Medium-sized enterprises that are considering investment in mobility solutions in the next 6 months - Medium-sized enterprises that are considering investment in mobility solutions in 6 months to 2 years time - Medium-sized enterprises’ preferred approach to buying mobility solutions - Most influential positions within medium-sized enterprises when making investment decisions regarding mobility solutions - Vendors that medium-sized enterprises believe to be leaders in the field of mobility solutions APPENDIX - Breakdown of the Technology Trends sample by geography - Breakdown of the Technology Trends sample by company size - Breakdown of the Technology Trends sample by company revenue - Further reading - Ask the analyst **FIGURES AND TABLES ALSO INCLUDED** For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c92770
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DUBLIN, Ireland--May 23, 2008--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c92783) has announced the addition of "Voice/data Convergence Investment in Large Enterprises H2 2007 (Databook)" to their offering. This databook from the Technology Trends service helps vendors to understand large enterprises current and forthcoming investment in voice/data convergence solutions. The data has been drawn from interviews with over 100 IT managers conducted in H2 2007. Scope - The publishers have interviewed 500 IT decision makers about their investment in 8 core enterprise technologies. - Interviews have been conducted with IT decision makers to gain an understanding of their attitudes to, and adoption of, various technologies. - The interviews have been spread evenly across 8 geographical markets and span 10 vertical markets and 5 enterprise size bands. Highlights of this title Over the course of 2007, we are publishing over 100 databooks with Technology Trends data cut by technology, vertical market, geography and size band. Key reasons to purchase this title - Gain insight into key technology investment patterns and trends in target markets. - Understand evolving customer IT budgets, attitudes to technology adoption, technology decision-making processes, and perception of technology vendors. - Enable your sales, marketing and product teams to address your IT audience. CONTENTS: OVERVIEW - Catalyst - Summary BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE INVESTMENT IN LARGE ENTERPRISES - Extent to which large enterprises currently have or use voice/data convergence solutions - Large enterprises that are considering investment in voice/data convergence solutions in the next 6 months - Large enterprises that are considering investment in voice/data convergence solutions in 6 months to 2 years time - Large enterprises’ preferred approach to buying voice/data convergence solutions - Most influential positions within large enterprises when making investment decisions regarding voice/data convergence solutions - Vendors that large enterprises believe to be leaders in the field of voice/data convergence solutions APPENDIX - Breakdown of the Technology Trends sample by geography - Breakdown of the Technology Trends sample by company size - Breakdown of the Technology Trends sample by company revenue - Further reading - Ask the analyst **FIGURES AND TABLES ALSO INCLUDED** For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c92783
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EMERYVILLE, Calif., BELLEVUE, Wash. and NOVI, Mich., May 22-- Telematics Detroit 2008 Show -- MobiTV, Inc., the leader inthe delivery of mobile content and services, and UIEvolution (UIE), aglobal leader in software solutions that power the deployment of richapplications and services to users anytime, anywhere and on any device,today announced their collaboration on an end-to-end solution that willenable streaming video experiences in automobiles. The Connected Carsolution by UIEvolution will be demonstrated with video technology providedby MobiTV at this year's Telematics Detroit 2008 show.Auto manufacturers are able to quickly add connectivity to standaloneaudio, video and navigation systems as well as integrate advertising. TheUIE Connected Car solution with video powered by MobiTV delivers real-timeinformation and personalized content to the driver, entertainment to therear-seat passengers and provides fully-integrated, targeted advertisingdelivery. The ability to add advertising can reduce the cost of a monthlysubscription for connected services.The solution uses the industry-leading technology from UIEvolutionincluding robust client-server technology to facilitate and streamline thein-vehicle experience. Once the vehicle is in the market, UIE Blender(TM),the managed service for content aggregation, management & on-boardingallows automakers to update, add and extend services and applications,responding to changing market trends and consumer behavior.MobiTV is providing the encoding and delivery platform for thein-vehicle streaming solution, utilizing its RTP/RTSP and 3GPP-compliantOptimized Delivery Server (ODS). ODS combines unicast and multicastdistribution methods, creating a single delivery platform that improvesvideo quality and decreases backhaul. MobiTV's ODS utilizes bandwidthsmoothing, seamless network handover capabilities and bandwidth adaptationthat includes stream switching, stream thinning and rate shaping tosignificantly improve the overall user experience."UIE and MobiTV share a common vision to create and deliver analways-on, connected media experience to the fourth screen in theautomobiles of the near future," said Kevin Grant, vice president of sales,MobiTV. "UIE's ability to deliver world-class integrated services andMobiTV's proven capability of delivering live TV over virtually everymodern wireless network will bring the viewing convenience of the livingroom to the back seat of tomorrow's vehicles.""We are pleased to be working with MobiTV and believe that our combinedleadership and expertise will deliver the industry's most comprehensive andpowerful in-auto entertainment solution," said Keith O'Neill, vicepresident of business development new media and devices, UIE. "UIEvolutionis leveraging eight years of wireless experience and the technology thatdelivers the recently announced MEdia Mall 2.0 storefront to millions ofAT&T customers to bring compelling content to the automobile."MobiTV's Optimized Delivery Server delivers the industry's fastestchannel change capability (sub-one second) and enables new videoadvertising insertion solutions including in-stream insertion for live andclip linear content and the ability to deliver in-video personalized,targeted ads to a specific user based on the user's available profileinformation.UIE at Telematics Detroit 2008UIE will be demonstrating the UIEvolution Connected Car solutionshowing streaming video as well as with other products at this year'sTelematics Detroit 2008 show. For more information or to schedule anappointment, please email: events@uievolution.com.About UIEvolutionUIEvolution is a global leader in cross-platform software solutions,services and tools enabling companies to streamline development, design anddelivery of rich consumer experiences on any device or network. For moreinformation please visit http://www.uievolution.com.About MobiTVMobiTV (http://www.mobitv.com), the market maker and leader in thedelivery of mobile content and services, develops and offers technologysolutions that power an end-to-end managed network for content ingestion,encoding and optimized delivery over mobile and broadband networks.MobiTV's platform technology delivers live television, premium andprimetime programming, video-on-demand, satellite and digital musicservices from top broadcast and cable television networks and major musiclabels through its carrier and operator partners to more than three millionsubscribers worldwide. Founded in 1999, MobiTV is a privately held companywith headquarters in Emeryville, California.MobiTV and the MobiTV logo are trademarks, service marks, and/orregistered trademarks of MobiTV, Inc. in the United States and in othercountries. All other trademarks, service marks, and product names usedherein are the property of their respective owners.
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BOSTON--PrismTech™, a leader in high-performance middleware and development tools, announced that the two leading open-source middleware communities are merging their CORBA® Component Model (CCM) initiatives, underpinning the company’s new OpenFusion CCM offering. The Distributed Object Computing (DOC) Group and the OW2 Consortium — with support and contribution from PrismTech — are combining their efforts to advance the development and deployment of CCM technology. The CCM defines features and services that enable application developers to implement, manage, configure, and deploy components that integrate commonly used CORBA services. It enhances software reuse and provides a flexible platform for deploying and configuring CORBA applications within mission-critical environments, such as defense, aerospace, air traffic control, transportation management, utilities, and financial trading. “The combined efforts of the DOC Group, OW2 Consortium, and PrismTech truly creates a CCM ‘dream team,’” said Douglas Schmidt, Ph.D., chief technology officer at PrismTech and founder of the DOC Group. “These open-source middleware communities represent the most widely recognized innovators and thought leaders within the industry. Combined with PrismTech’s expertise and experience providing quality products, support and services, you have all the right ingredients to meet CCM market requirements.” OpenFusion® CCM is PrismTech’s productized version of the combined open-source initiatives. It is based on the thorough industry-grade quality assurance processes PrismTech has built over many years for its other open-source CORBA offerings. This new product now positions PrismTech as a complete provider of CCM and CORBA offerings covering products, technical support, training, consulting, and outsourcing services. “We continue to see strong demand for CORBA related technologies where other middleware distribution and integration solutions either do not scale or lack sufficient quality-of-service (QoS) runtime features and end-to-end lifecycle support,” said Andrew Foster, OpenFusion product manager at PrismTech. “OpenFusion CCM represents a significant advance for our customers interested in leveraging and expanding their CORBA investments within large-scale and complex mission-critical applications. OpenFusion CCM delivers best-of-both-worlds: open-source technology and commercial support.” In addition, OpenFusion CCM provides ease-of-use and performance benefits through the lifecycle of a distributed application. It provides a standard application framework and productivity tools for CORBA components that can be modeled, assembled, deployed into containers. It also reduces complexity — development, assembly, configuration, deployment and redeployment — and increases robustness of complex distributed applications. OpenFusion CCM is language-independent and supports advanced QoS features, such as fault tolerance and predictable end-to-end latency. For more information on OpenFusion CCM, please visit http://www.prismtech.com/middleware. The Distributed Object Computing (DOC) Group is a distributed research consortium consisting of the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University, the Center for Distributed Object Computing in the Computer Science department at Washington University and the Laboratory for Distributed Object Computing in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of California, Irvine. The goal of the DOC Group is to create and transition technologies based on open systems principles and open-source software models to maximize R&D impact. The OW2 Consortium is an open-source community committed to making available to everyone the best and most reliable middleware technology. OW2’s mission is to develop open-source code middleware and to foster a vibrant community and business ecosystem. The OW2 Consortium was initiated on January 1, 2007 through the merger of ObjectWeb and Orientware, two leading open-source middleware communities of renowned industry players, innovative start-ups, prominent academic organizations, and individuals from across the world. About PrismTech PrismTech is an acknowledged leader in advanced software integration solutions. The company develops, markets, and supports a wide range of standards-compliant, high-performance middleware products whose quality-of-service (QoS) properties significantly exceed those offered by conventional middleware. PrismTech also offers developer productivity tools and a comprehensive range of professional services. PrismTech’s differentiators are most highly valued in markets where business-critical and mission-critical systems require high-performance middleware. These systems are pervasive in a number of vertical markets, such as Telecom, Mil/Aero, Finance, Utilities, Transportation, and Homeland Security, and range from Net-centric OSS to Software-Defined Radio. PrismTech’s customers constitute an impressive list of major systems integrators, OEMs, and ISVs, including many Fortune Global 500 companies. PrismTech was founded in 1992 and is a privately-held group with US operations based in Boston, MA and Saddle Brook, NJ, and European operations in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and France. For additional information about PrismTech, visit the web site at http://www.prismtech.com. CORBA is a registered trademark of the Object Management Group, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. OpenFusion is a trademark of PrismTech. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced its inclusion in an Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) report that recognizes innovations in environmental efficiency that also benefit the bottom line. In “Innovations Review: Making Green the New Business as Usual,” EDF acknowledged Sun's Open Work program, which utilizes innovative technologies, collaboration tools and support so that employees can work anywhere, anytime. In 2007, Sun's Open Work program prevented an estimated 29,000 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere while saving the company nearly $68 million in real estate costs. Sun's inclusion in the report was announced today in San Francisco at an EDF event with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, in which Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz also participated. Innovation is at the core of Sun's values and environmental efforts. The company continues to reduce its own CO2 emissions and computing's impact on the planet through innovation in workplace practices, energy efficient products and datacenter design. “Innovators at Sun have a passion for changing the world,” said Jonathan Schwartz, CEO and President, Sun Microsystems. “For Sun, eco- innovation is as much about optimizing datacenter economics as it is minimizing the impact Sun and our customers have on the environment. With innovation and creativity, we've proven we can achieve both.” Workplace Innovation Through Sun's Open Work program, more than 18,000 Sun employees worldwide (54 percent) work from wherever it makes sense on a given day – at home, in a flexible office, or on a Sun campus. Most Open Work employees use a Sun Ray thin client, an ultra energy efficient, virtualized desktop that draws only 4 watts of electricity – as much as the average night light. These employees report to work through a secure Java(TM) technology-enabled ID card, and their files are stored on a central server rather than on an individual PC. By providing the enabling technologies, workplace practices and financial support that gives employees the flexibility and freedom to work from home — or closer to home — Sun is contributing to a better quality of life for its employees while positively impacting the company's financials and the planet. A study conducted by Sun found that Open Work employees give 60 percent of their saved commute time back to the company and rate the Open Work program as the number one reason they would recommend Sun. Product Innovation Now available to all Sun customers worldwide, Sun's Eco Innovation portfolio offers customers an actionable approach for helping to reduce energy costs by up to 60 percent, increasing performance and cutting CO2 emissions. Highlights from Sun's Eco Innovation portfolio include: -- Chip Multi-threading Technology (CMT) – Sun Fire (TM) T1000/T2000, the first generation of Sun's CMT servers, is up to five times more efficient than its nearest competitor and was the first server ever to qualify for a utility company rebate. Sun recently released its third generation CMT SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240, which does approximately two times more work than the previous generation while taking up the same amount of space. With 110% year-over-year billings growth to approximately $300 million in Q3 FY08, Sun's energy efficient, UltraSPARC-based CMT servers have been among the fastest ramping products in Sun's history. -- Sun Modular Datacenter (Sun MD) – Also known as Project Blackbox, Sun MD is a datacenter built into a shipping container. Sun MD delivers extreme energy, space and performance efficiencies. Designed to be 40 percent more energy efficient than typical datacenters, it uses one-eighth the space and can be located near renewable energy sources. Datacenter Innovation In 2007, Sun unveiled new datacenters in Santa Clara, Calif.; Blackwater, UK; and Bangalore, India that were built using breakthrough designs and next-generation energy efficient systems, power and cooling. The flagship Santa Clara datacenter increased compute power by more than 450%, saved Sun $1.1 million in energy costs per year and trimmed 4,100 metric tons from the company's CO2 footprint. Local utility company Silicon Valley Power recognized the breakthrough efficiencies and design of Sun's Santa Clara datacenter by giving Sun more than $1 million in rebates and awards. About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Sun Microsystems develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision -- "The Network is the Computer" -- Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the Web at http://sun.com. Related Links -- Sun Open Work - http://www.sun.com/openwork -- Sun Eco Responsibility - http://www.sun.com/ecoresponsibility -- Sun Eco Innovation - http://www.sun.com/solutions/eco_innovation/index.jsp -- Sun CEO and President Jonathan Schwartz' Blog - http://blogs.sun.com/jonathan/entry/hugging_customers -- Sun Eco Innovation Customers - http://www.sun.com/customers/index.xml?soln=940e5a3d-2597-11dc-9482-08 0020a9ed93 (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.) -- Sun UltraSPARC T2 - http://www.sun.com/servers/coolthreads/overview/index.jsp -- Sun Ray 2 Virtual Display Client - http://www.sun.com/sunray/sunray2 -- Sun CMT Servers - http://www.sun.com/servers/coolthreads/overview/index.jsp -- Video: Sun's Modular Datacenter S20 (Project Blackbox) - Datacenter built into a shipping container - http://www.sun.com/products/sunmd/s20/index.jsp -- Video: How Sun built a greener datacenter and cut energy costs by 60% - http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/environment/media/datacenter_tour.xml -- EDF "Innovations Review: Making Green the New Business as Usual" - http://www.edf.org/innovationsreview Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Sun Fire and Sun Modular Datacenter are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--IDG World Expo has announced that this year’s LinuxWorld Conference & Expo® will host four open source community events, providing an ideal opportunity for people involved in major open source projects to join other community members and share notes, discuss code, learn from each other, and work. The four projects represented by these individual “Community Days” include Moblin.org, PostgreSQL, openSUSE, and Ubuntu. LinuxWorld® is scheduled to take place August 4-7, 2008 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. "The LinuxWorld community days represent an unprecedented opportunity for mature and active open source projects such as PostgreSQL to introduce their project to the world of professional open source," said Joshua D. Drake, President, U.S. PostgreSQL Association. “We’re excited that the LinuxWorld organizers are welcoming us to the event and cementing their commitment to the community at large.” One Community Day will take place each day of the event: Moblin World Tour, presented by Moblin.org - Monday, August 4: 900 million units by 2011 can’t be all that bad. MID, In Car Infotainment, Netbooks, and more product categories are going Moblin. Checkout details on Moblin’s Large Market Potential, with a Rich Media Solution, providing a Visually Rich Mobile Internet Experience, and Energy-Efficient Performance, not to mention Development Tools and Community support. PostgreSQL Community Day - Tuesday, August 5: PostgreSQL is the world's most advanced open source database. Attendees of this community day will have the opportunity to educate themselves on where PostgreSQL fits into their enterprise. openSUSE Community Day - Wednesday, August 6: The openSUSE Community Day will include presentations and tutorials for end users and developers by prominent members of the openSUSE community. UbuCon - Thursday, August 7: UbuCon is a community driven, community organized event that is all about Ubuntu Linux. Fun, irreverent, but also with content of interest to users, developers, and those curious about the Ubuntu phenomenon, an UbuCon is part open space event and part user conference. “LinuxWorld has always been committed to supporting projects in the Linux and open source community, and our .org Pavilion®, which provides free exhibit space to developers creating the latest free and open source software, is a perfect example of that. By adding these community days to the show agenda, we are expanding our support of these groups and fulfilling our role as the gathering place for the entire open source community,” said Melinda Kendall, Vice President and General Manager, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo. “The four organizations joining us this year represent some of the biggest and most vibrant communities in open source today and we’re thrilled to be hosting them at LinuxWorld.” For a complete schedule of the LinuxWorld Community Days, please visit www.linuxworldexpo.com. LinuxWorld is the premier event for the Linux and open source community, bringing together industry leaders shaping the future of new enterprise technology in the largest single gathering of business and technical leaders deploying Linux and open source solutions. To register for the event, please visit www.linuxworldexpo.com. About LinuxWorld Conference & Expo LinuxWorld Conference & Expo is the premier event exclusively focused on Linux and open source solutions. As the world’s most comprehensive marketplace for open source products and services, LinuxWorld provides business decision-makers with information and resources to implement Linux and open source solutions into business infrastructure and enterprise networks. For more information or to register for the event, visit the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo Web site at www.linuxworldexpo.com, or call (800) 657-1474. For exhibiting opportunities, please contact Amy Bonner at (508) 424-4892 or amy_bonner@idg.com or Giovanni Stein at (508) 424-4864 or Giovanni_stein@idg.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ellen Boland at (508) 988-7830 or Michelle Mohr at (508) 424-4855, or michelle_mohr@idg.com. About IDG World Expo IDG World Expo (www.idgworldexpo.com) is a leading producer of tradeshows and events for professionals and consumers seeking world-class education, peer-to-peer networking and one-stop comparison shopping. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes Entertainment For All™ (E For All™), E3 Media & Business Summit, GreenXchange Xpo™, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo®, Macworld Conference & Expo®, Next Generation Data Center™ (NGDC™) and REVEAL Los Angeles…The Fashion & Design Event™. IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research and event company.
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SAN FRANCISCO--Corporate training leaders interested in the new world of Learning 2.0 are invited to participate in the “Next Generation Corporate Learning” videocast and webinar on Wednesday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT. Josh Bersin, a recognized expert on enterprise learning and talent management and author of the “Blended Learning Book”; Tom Kelly, former Cisco and Netapp Chief Learning Officer and co-author of “The Business Case for E-Learning”; and moderator Sebastian Grady of Altus Learning Systems will present a comprehensive discussion on how organizations are reacting to and changing, or being changed by, the evolution of corporate training including: video, search, social networking, communities, blogs and other forms of user-generated content. To register for this event, please visit: http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=109505&s=1&k=6BE28C735098F518198CEFD4B11 1DCF9&partnerref=release Attendees will learn how to leverage new learning strategies to accomplish more with reduced budgets, meet the expectations of the next generation of workers, and leverage the collective intelligence of their organizations. Learning professionals and executives will gain new insights into what can be accomplished in the future to increase the impact of learning programs and respond effectively to today’s many challenges. The current down economy is creating additional pressure on the training community to do more with fewer resources and make learning more efficient. The good news is that effectively incorporating new Web 2.0 tools and collaborative knowledge sharing strategies, such as peer-to-peer learning, can enable organizations to do more with less. And utilizing these new approaches to meet the expectations of millennial workers can also become a competitive weapon in the upcoming talent war. These and other hot topics will be addressed during the webinar. “Companies need the people with critical knowledge to be able to share it easily and freely with those who need it, since the roles of content contributor and consumer of learning content can change from hour to hour. Formal learning will always play an important role, but the shift happening today is from traditional training to a more collaborative approach to sharing knowledge,” said Sebastian Grady, COO of Altus Learning Systems. To request further details, email: webinars@altuscorp.com. (NOTE: Long URLs in this release may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists.) About Altus Altus is a leader in collaborative knowledge sharing throughout the extended enterprise. Altus’ on-demand software enables organizations to instantly deliver critical knowledge to large, geographically-dispersed audiences, including: employees, partners and customers. This dynamic and searchable rich-media platform from Altus is the only solution of its kind that makes expert knowledge searchable down to the spoken or written word. Users can find the exact information they need whenever they need it in whatever digital formats are most convenient. Global giants like Cisco, IBM, GM and Network Appliance rely on Altus to achieve outstanding ROI, substantial productivity gains and millions of dollars of savings in reduced travel and training costs. For more information about Altus, contact Sebastian Grady at sebgrady@altuscorp.com, 510-914-1712 or Michele Moninger of MediaBridge Public Relations® at mmoninger@mediabridgepr.com, 858-450-9872. Altus vPortal and the Altus logo are trademarks of Altus Learning Systems. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.
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SAN FRANCISCO--Brightidea.com, the leading provider of Innovation Management software products, today announced the availability of WebStorm 5.0, which enables businesses to create turn-key social networks to collaborate with customers, employees or partners. Developed to address the innovation challenges that managers face every day, WebStorm is easy to implement, highly-scalable and designed to help organizations tap the innovation potential of any online community, either internal or external. “Companies today must engage the entire enterprise in the innovation process to maintain their competitive edge,” said Michael Kanazawa, author of Big Ideas to Big Results. “As the leader in this emerging category, Brightidea.com makes it easy for organizations to connect all stakeholders and enable the collaboration that is essential to open innovation.” At many companies, the collection of new ideas is a fragmented process of emails, phone calls, whiteboard sessions and sticky notes. But to compete in today’s competitive marketplace, businesses need to be able to quickly generate new ideas, qualify concepts with the most potential, and efficiently allocate the resources necessary to turn those ideas into reality. Only Brightidea.com offers the end-to-end Innovation Management software businesses need to manage the entire innovation process from concept to launch. The most-advanced tool of its kind available today, WebStorm 5.0 is a corporate social network that enables businesses to quickly and easily create custom innovation portals to establish communication channel with customers, employees or partners. “Deploying generic social networks without a specific business objective is like putting up playgrounds at the office; it may be fun for a while, but don’t expect it to improve the bottom line,” said Matthew Greeley, CEO of Brightidea.com. “WebStorm combines features made popular by sites such as Facebook and MySpace with features proven to accelerate innovation in large enterprises.” Building on the success of previous releases, WebStorm 5.0 includes: Advanced Social Networking: Enabling users to build detailed profiles with information and photos as well as the ability to create or join personal networks, send private messages, search for experts and earn points and recognition. Configurable Micro-Site: Complete with company branding to provide a seamless user experience. The site also includes a highly-configurable drag & drop layout and point & click content management that makes setup a breeze. Innovation Management Tools: Allowing users to submit, vote and comment on other’s ideas. WebStorm includes a real-time duplicate checker, the ability to categorize and tag ideas as well as keyword searches to make it easy to sort through the ideas collected. Dashboard: Provides real-time reporting on community activity and usage patterns including metrics on individual performance, site-wide activity levels, and trend analysis. Open Standards: Offers support for RSS, CSS, SAML 1.1, Unicode and REST APIs. Brightidea.com’s open innovation platform provides a powerful tool set to access the creativity and experiences of customers and employees. WebStorm 5.0 can be connected directly to a company’s existing website or used as a stand-alone for private communities, making it an ideal solution for: Product Managers: To gather prioritized feedback from customer communities and internal stakeholders in order to prioritize product enhancement and feature requests and improve customer satisfaction. Corporate Strategy Groups: To support company-wide or department-specific innovation initiatives. These short term events have been proven to stimulate a culture of participation and innovation. Conference Coordinators: To create virtual communities that parallel in-person events. They are ideal for pre-networking before the conference as well as follow-through on initiatives after the event. Innovation Competitions: To deliver a seamlessly branded experience. WebStorm also provides the tools necessary to manage the collection and judging process as well as interactions with participants. Alliance Managers: Can foster systems innovation with multi-party alliances and partnerships with both private and public policy entities. Pricing and availability: WebStorm 5.0 is now available for as little as $1 per user. For more information go to: http://www.brightidea.com/webstorm/ About Brightidea.com Brightidea.com is the market and technology leader in Innovation Pipeline Management. Over 300 businesses around the world use its Software-as-a-Service suite to transform their employee, partner and customer ideas into a reality. The Brightidea.com platform is an integrated set of Web 2.0 and social networking tools specifically designed to stimulate innovation in large organizations. The company’s software has been successfully deployed at: Adobe, Bosch, Cisco, Harley-Davidson, Experian, Thomson Corp, British Telecom, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Honeywell, among others. Founded in 1999, Brightidea.com is closely held and headquartered in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit www.brightidea.com. Copyright (c) 2008 Brightidea, Inc. All rights reserved. Brightidea.com, WebStorm and the "Innovation at Work" logo are registered trademarks of Brightidea, Inc. Other names used herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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MILFORD, Conn.--Perimeter eSecurity, the only provider of Complete Security On Demand, announced today their Remote Backup & Recovery (RBR) Offering which provides a reliable, on-demand storage engine to securely back up and recover business data. RBR is a fully digital service that allows organizations to maintain a regular backup schedule. This automated, cost-effective remote data backup solution provides customers with an assurance that their data will always be available, stored securely, and meet compliance requirements in the light of a major disaster or even a more common simple system failure. Once the solution is setup, it requires no client time or effort and is not prone to human error or typical IT problems that in-house solutions are known to create. Backups can be scheduled, in full, part, or incrementally, to reoccur at any time, 24/7, while simultaneously allowing customers access to other systems. “People and data are an organization’s two most critical assets. However, without the data both the people and the organization come to a standstill,” said Doug Howard, Chief Strategy Officer, Perimeter eSecurity. “Many organizations do not adequately protect against data loss and system failure risks caused by technical, human, and natural disasters. Conventional backup methods such as physical tapes and drives are inefficient, prone to error, and incur extensive administrative costs. A disk crash or inadequate backup procedure can cause material business disruption and financial loss. If the prospect of a “big disaster” doesn’t concern an enterprise, just imagine the man-hours lost on PC failures around an organization. Up until now an affordably priced, comprehensive and fully compliant back-up option that supports an organization’s Business Continuity, Security and Governance requirements has not been made available on demand. ” With Perimeter’s RBR product offering, all files are encrypted locally before they leave the customer’s systems to ensure the privacy of their data. Each encrypted file is replicated and delivered to Perimeter’s two off-site Level 3 data storage centers. Perimeter controls the integrity of the servers and their environments to keep data accessible 24/7. All restored files remain encrypted and cannot be viewed until decrypted by the client using access key credentials. “Reliable data backup protection is an essential business practice for organizations of all sizes in many industries, especially those covered under Federal regulations such as, HIPAA or FFIEC,” Howard added. “This offering draws on our expertise in offering reliable and secure IT services to financial services and healthcare organizations to meet their compliance needs. It also demonstrates our commitment and ongoing focus to bring affordable, state-of-the-art services to companies of all sizes in a SaaS model.” Designed to be used by those with little computer experience or by IT Managers, Perimeter’s RBR software agent can customize many granular preferences such as custom data retention policies. Clients can instantly retrieve historical file versions or restore the entire system to a specified point in time. Key Features and Benefits of RBR include: Data Storage is off site, online, and highly Secure: Instantly recovers files and restore systems to a specified point in time Multiple Encryption Methods: Ability to select the balance between security and backup speed that best suits your organization Broad Digital File Support: All flat files including open files, system state data, and SQL, Microsoft Active Directory, and Microsoft Exchange databases can be backed up Automated email Confirmations: Clients receive a progress report after each scheduled backup window Extreme File Compression: Maximizes storage space by compressing files up to 90% of original size Sophisticated File Finder Search Capability: Searches for files by name, type, or backup date. Continuous System Evaluation: New files and file types are automatically added to the backup set About Perimeter eSecurity As the only provider of complete security on demand, Perimeter eSecurity makes security easily available and affordable for all businesses. Perimeter's on demand security services protect thousands of computer networks nationwide, offering more than 50 different services on a subscription basis in the areas of: Vulnerability Defense, Intrusion Defense, Network Defense, Email Defense, System Defense, and User Defense. With the proliferation of security threats and technologies, clients benefit from a single-source provider that offers all services through one pre-integrated platform and web portal. Perimeter's security SaaS services are continuously expanded, enhanced and upgraded for current and future regulatory compliance. Through its SECCAS LLC subsidiary, Perimeter offers a feature-rich tool set for streamlining regulatory compliance on demand to public and financial services companies subject to Federal Regulations. Through its top rated hosted eMessaging provider subsidiary, USA.NET, Perimeter provides custom, mission critical messaging infrastructure to organizations of all sizes. With nine geographically distributed technical offices and three redundant data centers, Perimeter's services are always available and have been validated by multiple independent third parties. For more information about Perimeter visit www.perimeterusa.com.
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SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.--Double-Take® Software (NASDAQ: DBTK) announced today the availability of its Virtual Recovery Assistant, a new enhancement to Double-Take® for Windows that simplifies the process of migrating to VMware® ESX virtual machines by automating the provisioning of the virtual environment and reducing end-user downtime associated with traditional physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration products. The new feature can also be used to automate the protection of workloads running on physical servers, moving them to virtual machines automatically in the event of a server outage or site-wide disaster. “By leveraging server virtualization, IT organizations have realized they’re able to address previously unmet needs, such as cost-effective remote disaster recovery,” stated Lauren Whitehouse, analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “Performing P2V- or V2V-based replication with Double-Take and the new Virtual Recovery Assistant can deliver significant improvements over tape-based recoveries, especially lowering recovery time objectives.” One of the major barriers to moving existing physical servers into virtual machines is the downtime associated with the migration. Existing tools lack real-time data replication capabilities and require the physical server to be taken offline for several hours while the data is moved to the new virtual machine. Because Double-Take and the Virtual Recovery Assistant can replicate changes to data in real-time, end users can continue to access production applications right up until the moment at which the workload is migrated. "Most organizations understand the benefits of moving to a virtualized environment but can’t afford the downtime associated with migrations or don’t have the time or resources required to move their workloads from the physical world to a virtual one," said Bob Roudebush, director of solutions engineering at Double-Take Software. "This new feature essentially eliminates the costly downtime associated with migrations. P2V migrations shouldn’t require a Ph.D. in rocket science." The Double-Take Virtual Recovery Assistant reduces the complex, often manual, steps required to ready the new virtualized environment for migration. It does the work of provisioning the target virtual machine for the user- eliminating the need to setup the new virtual machine, install an operating system, patches or applications. For workloads which need more room to grow the Virtual Recovery Assistant also allows users to easily increase parameters such as disk capacity, allocated memory, and the number of processors available to the application once it is running in a virtual machine. "Our team is currently working on a virtual machine migration project. When we learned about the functionality and robustness of the Virtual Recovery Assistant, we decided to incorporate it into the project as well,” said Ted Archer, global network manager at Littelfuse®. “By utilizing the Virtual Recovery Assistant, we were able to reduce overall project costs, minimize internal resource consumption, and decrease the overall project timeline.” The Double-Take Virtual Recovery Assistant is available immediately as a feature of the latest release of Double-Take for Windows and provides: Effortless migration from physical systems or other virtualization platforms to virtual machines running on VMware Infrastructure. Reduced hardware expenses and improved manageability by virtualizing existing physical production and disaster recovery servers on VMware Infrastructure Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) by reducing the number of software licenses required at the disaster recovery site when used for protection of physical systems Simplified protection by automating the installation of Double-Take on production systems and the provisioning of disaster recovery virtual machines. About Double-Take® Software Headquartered in Southborough, Massachusetts, Double-Take® Software (Nasdaq: DBTK) is a leading provider of affordable software for recoverability, including continuous data replication, application availability and system state protection. Double-Take Software products and services enable customers to protect and recover business-critical data and applications such as Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint in both physical and virtual environments. With its unparalleled partner programs, technical support, and professional services, Double-Take Software is the solution of choice for more than ten thousand customers worldwide, from SMEs to the Fortune 500. Information about Double-Take Software's products and services can be found at www.doubletake.com. This release includes forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements generally can be identified by phrases that say Double-Take or its management "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "foresees," "forecasts," "estimates" or other words or phrases of similar import. Similarly, statements in this release that describe the Company's business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are inherently speculative, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include those set forth from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are under no obligation, and do not undertake any duty, to update these forward looking statements at any time. © Double-Take Software. All rights reserved. Double-Take, GeoCluster, Double-Take for Virtual Systems, and NSI are registered trademarks of Double-Take Software, Inc. Balance and Double-Take ShadowCaster are trademarks of Double-Take Software, Inc. TimeData is a registered trademark of Double-Take Software Canada, Inc. TimeData logo is a trademark of Double-Take Software Canada, Inc. Microsoft, Windows, and the Windows logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. 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NEW YORK--New forecasts released by ABI Research indicate that the total RFID market will turn over approximately $9.7 billion by 2013, representing roughly a 15% compound annual growth rate for the period from 2008. “These figures highlight an RFID market that is growing robustly,” says research director Michael Liard. “Across all product categories and flavors of RFID technology, market trends continue to be positive. We saw a strong finish to 2007, which continued into a healthy 1Q 2008.” Part of this gratifying performance comes from several long-term RFID commitments and investments by large end-users. This is particularly true in the passive UHF segment. European aerospace manufacturer Airbus recently announced a significant commitment to RFID technology for numerous projects throughout its supply chain and assembly operations. In January, Sam’s Club announced its RFID customer compliance program for retail CPG manufacturers in the US, while in Europe and Asia, Metro AG is interested in RFID supply chain applications. And, most recently, the US Department of Defense announced a new RFP for passive UHF solution components. These examples represent different vertical markets, and to them, says Liard, we can add the enthusiasm for RFID shown by energy and utilities, healthcare, and transportation (for asset management) as well as the fashion apparel and footwear sector (for item-level tagging), particularly among specialty retailers. All these demonstrate RFID’s strength across a number of industries. Closed-loop applications continue to lead the charge, with asset management in the forefront: library/rental items, reusable/returnable containers, spare parts, tools, work-in-process, yard management and more are all popular arenas for RFID deployment. Liard concludes, “Future RFID market growth will come from many sources and applications. ABI Research sees growing strength across many industries, including those applications that are unique to particular verticals, as well as those – such as asset tracking, security/access control, and supply chain management – that are common to a range of verticals.” ABI Research’s “RFID Forecasts” (http://www.abiresearch.com/products/market_data/RFID_Forecasts) market data product provides extensive data on RFID revenues and unit shipments, segmented by technology, application, and vertical market (aerospace/defense, automotive, commercial services, diverse manufacturing, government, health care/life sciences, retail consumer packaged goods [CPG], retail in store, transportation/logistics, and other). It also includes data about RFID software and services revenues sorted by region, vertical market, and primary application. It forms part of the firm’s RFID & Contactless Research Service (http://www.abiresearch.com/products/service/RFID_Research_Service). ABI Research is a leading market research firm focused on the impact of emerging technologies on global consumer and business markets. Utilizing a unique blend of market intelligence, primary research, and expert assessment from its worldwide team of industry analysts, ABI Research assists hundreds of clients each year with their strategic growth initiatives. For information, visit www.abiresearch.com, or call +1.516.624.2500.
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AUSTIN, Texas--StoredIQ Inc., a leading provider of Intelligent Information Management technologies, today announced that its StoredIQ appliance is now available through EMC® Select. Customers can purchase the StoredIQ appliance directly from EMC as part of the EMC eDiscovery Solution for Collection. EMC will offer StoredIQ’s information governance suite, which is used by enterprises in highly regulated or litigation-prone arenas to automate eDiscovery, cut legal and IT costs, and proactively manage unstructured information. “This relationship with StoredIQ enables our customers to easily deploy an indexing and information management appliance that seamlessly connects to EMC’s compliance infrastructure, including EMC Documentum and EMC Centera, EMC’s leading content management and content addressed storage technologies,” said Andrew Cohen, Assistant General Counsel and Vice President of EMC’s Global Compliance Practice. “Customers have been looking for an affordable and low-impact way to bring eDiscovery in-house so that they can drive cost and risk out of what is today a broken business process. StoredIQ offers a robust appliance that automates key aspects of the legal eDiscovery process.” StoredIQ efficiently captures and manages data from various platforms in the enterprise, including file servers (CIFS, NFS, NetWare), live email servers (Microsoft Exchange Servers, PSTs, NSFs), notebooks and desktops (PCs, Macs), content management platforms (EMC Documentum®) and collaboration software (SharePoint). The combined StoredIQ-EMC solution is a component of EMC’s broad strategy for compliance and information management. It enables an in-house capability for efficient collection, “quick peek” review and analysis, legal hold in an immutable repository, culling, de-duplication and production of unstructured content for legal and compliance purposes. StoredIQ also adds valuable post-processing by exporting this data in review-ready load files (for applications such as Concordance® from LexisNexis®). In addition, it supports proactive risk management strategies, including the collection and remediation of legacy content from unmanaged environments into EMC content repositories, as well as classification for the proper management and disposition of business information. This solution enables customers to begin to put processes in place for proactive information management, ensuring that eDiscovery can be treated cost-effectively as a repeatable business process. “The vast majority of data in today’s enterprises is unstructured, and for many organizations that vast pool of unmanaged information doubles in size every year,” said James Schellhase, President and CEO for StoredIQ. “This presents a tremendous challenge for legal and IT departments as they are at the same time confronted with strict new federal rules on information governance. The combined StoredIQ-EMC solution was lab tested by the EMC Global Compliance Solutions Practice, passing rigorous use-case testing by technical and legal experts. Further, the software completed testing through the EMC Centera® Proven Certification Program. This Proven Solution can address these information challenges companies are facing and can help significantly reduce associated costs and risks.” StoredIQ’s information management appliance is available immediately through EMC Select. About StoredIQ StoredIQ is a leading provider of enterprise-class Intelligent Information Management solutions, enabling organizations to gain visibility and control over business-critical information to help meet their compliance, governance and legal discovery requirements. The company provides a range of integrated products: StoredIQ Intelligent eDiscovery for fast response to litigation and investigations, StoredIQ eDiscovery Preparedness for proactive "litigation readiness," and StoredIQ Information Governance for information protection and risk management. For more information, visit www.storediq.com. StoredIQ is a trademark of StoredIQ, Inc. All other trademarks may or may not be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. EMC, Centera and Documentum are registered trademarks of EMC Corporation.
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IRVINE, Calif.--Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., Telecommunication Systems Division (Toshiba — www.telecom.toshiba.com) today announced the availability of its newly enhanced Net Phone™ (Version 6.0), delivering powerful new presence capabilities for call center and general office use. Now available, Net Phone 6.0 has been designed for use with the Toshiba Strata® CIX™ family of IP business communication systems as well as all Toshiba IP, digital and soft phone telephones. “Toshiba’s Net Phone 6.0 gives call center agents and general office users a powerful communications tool that promotes productivity and improves the customer experience through screen pop and easy-to-use, screen-based call control and telephony operation,” said Shahin Hatamian, vice president, product management, Toshiba America Information Systems, Telecommunication Systems Division. “Now with Presence capabilities, call center agents and office workers can view the status of other users on the system, empowering them to be more efficient in their call management. For example, today’s call center requires agents to talk to subject matter experts, and the presence capability helps agents to find the accurate information more quickly to address customers’ requests.” Among the powerful features of Net Phone 6.0 are: Presence Viewer -- Integrated window shows real-time status of the users including phone status (idle, busy, or do not disturb), user status (such as "in meeting"), and chat availability status. -- Click to initiate call or request chat with agents -- Collaboration tools including Chat and/or Whiteboard, easily implemented from the Presence window -- Auto dial capabilities from the Presence window VoIP Benefits -- Supports optional built-in VoIP soft phone to complete the all-in-one phone operation -- Strata CIX IP Mobility compatibility allows users to switch from the Net Phone VoIP to the IP telephone or the SoftIPT® soft phone on a laptop computer. The voice connection is changed to the selected telephone, while the Net Phone can still provide the screen pop and control the telephone. Ease-of-Use Features -- Screen pop and easy-to-use, screen-based features improve call center agent productivity and enhance customer experience. -- Screen-based telephony features include drag and drop transfer and conference capabilities -- Personal call-handling rules and new communication tools help increase the productivity of office workers Integration Capabilities -- Built-in integration with Toshiba applications, including Strata ACD -- Built-in integration with Toshiba-certified third-party applications, including OAISYS Tracer -- Custom application integration via Net Phone API and DDE -- TAPI TSP provides external applications with TAPI interface Compatibility Toshiba’s Net Phone 6.0 is designed for the Toshiba Strata CIX family of IP business communication systems. It is also compatible with all Toshiba Strata CIX telephones, including its new IP5000 IP telephones, DP 5000 digital telephones, SoftIPT soft phone, and its older IPT IP telephones and DKT digital telephones. It is also compatible with Toshiba’s Strata Media Application Server (Strata MAS) or can run on the user’s own server. Pricing & Availability Priced from $140 for a single user license, Toshiba’s new Net Phone 6.0 is available through Authorized Toshiba Dealers. Licenses are available individually for general use or as part of Toshiba’s Call Center Solution packages. To find an Authorized Toshiba Dealer in your area, visit the Toshiba website at www.telecom.toshiba.com. About Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS) Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile products and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; projectors; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a global leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems, as well as major infrastructure systems. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 198,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing US$76 billion. For more information on Toshiba's leading innovations, visit the company's Web site at www.toshiba.com. © 2008 Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. All product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information including without limitation product prices, specifications, availability, content of services, and contact information is subject to change without notice.

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