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RiskSense Appoints Two Industry Veterans to Management Team

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Jan.  31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — RiskSense®, Inc., the pioneer in threat and vulnerability management, today announced the appointment of Frank Brown as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and Brian Stern as Vice President of Global Sales. Brown and Stern will provide seasoned leadership to help guide RiskSense’s rapid growth and address surging demand among mid and large enterprises that want to improve their cyber resilience.

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“Both Frank and Brian bring a wealth of management and domain expertise to the RiskSense management team. They will play a pivotal role in streamlining finance and operations, and helping us capitalize on a big market opportunity,” said Dr. Srinivas Mukkamala, co-founder and CEO of RiskSense. “Their years of combined experience with growth-stage companies in the security and SaaS industries will be a seamless fit. I look forward to working with Frank and Brian as RiskSense progresses in its journey to become the market-leading threat and vulnerability management platform.”

Frank Brown brings more than 30 years of financial management and operations experience in the technology industry to RiskSense. Most recently, he was interim CFO at SpringCM, a high growth SaaS company. Previously, he was CFO and Chief Operating Officer at Attensity, an industry pioneer in Big Data analytics and artificial intelligence, until its acquisition. Frank’s background includes experience as a venture capitalist and executive with Oracle and Accenture. He was also Managing Partner of Amber Ventures Consulting, where he mentored and served as an executive for emerging technology companies, helping them achieve operational and process improvements to optimize cash flow and profitability.

Brian Stern has 25 years of experience building and managing high performance sales organizations in the security and software industries. Prior to joining RiskSense he served as Vice President of Sales for endpoint security vendor Red Canary. As Senior Vice President, Sales and Field Operations for Electric Cloud, a provider of DevOps software, he managed worldwide sales, technical support and professional services teams. He has served in executive and sales management roles for NewsGator Technologies, Xaffire, Dynix, Aether Systems and DataWare Technologies. 

About RiskSense
RiskSense®, Inc. is the pioneer in threat and vulnerability management. The company provides enterprises and governments with clear visibility into their entire attack surface, including attack susceptibility and validation, as well as quantification of risks based on operational data.

The RiskSense Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform unifies and contextualizes internal security intelligence, external threat data and business criticality to transform cyber risk management into a more proactive, collaborative, and real-time discipline. It embodies hands-on expertise gained from defending critical government and commercial networks from the world’s most dangerous cyber adversaries.

By leveraging RiskSense threat and vulnerability management solutions, organizations can significantly shorten time-to-remediation, increase operational efficiency, strengthen their security programs, heighten response readiness, lower costs, and ultimately reduce their attack surface and minimize cyber risks. For more information, please visit www.risksense.com or follow us on Twitter at @RiskSense.

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Vuzix COO to Chair Industry 4.0 ThinkTank Event

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Vuzix® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), (“Vuzix” or, the “Company”), a leading supplier of Smart Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets, is pleased to announce that Vuzix’ COO, Paul Boris will be the event chair at the Industry 4.0 ThinkTank, the largest industry 4.0 event in North America, taking place in Chicago, IL at the Revel Fulton Market January 31-February 1, 2018.

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Vuzix will have a prominent presence at the Industry 4.0 ThinkTank and interested parties can access the event agenda here: https://industry40thinktank.com/#agenda.  In addition to Vuzix’ COO, Paul Boris, acting as the master of ceremonies, Vuzix will be the keynote presenter on both days of the event, and visitors can stop by the Vuzix booth for a demonstration of the Vuzix M300 and Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses.  On day two of the event, Vuzix will host a hands-on workshop for industry executives – “A Practitioner’s Guide to Smart Glasses and AR” – focused on leveraging the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and IIoP (Industrial Internet of People) and how to get started quickly in your organization, while driving significant ROI.

Industry 4.0 ThinkTank brings together thought leaders and decision makers from a wide variety of global organizations.  “It’s an honor for me to represent Vuzix as master of ceremonies, as well as our customers as we highlight their deployments and industry case studies utilizing Vuzix devices.  As the fourth industrial revolution gains momentum, we’re just beginning to scratch the surface on the tremendous value that can be unlocked in industry and field operations when the IIoT and IIoP are enabled with technologies like Blockchain, AR, AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning.  The trick is to find ways to move fast, before your competitors seize the opportunity,” said Paul Boris, COO of Vuzix.  

About Industry 4.0 ThinkTank

The Industry 4.0 ThinkTank event brings together provocative thinkers, industry leaders and experts in various fields to get organizations ready for the next industrial revolution.  Attendees can discuss with industry specialists better ways to optimize the transition towards the next generation of manufacturing.  The Industry 4.0 ThinkTank is about embracing the technology, seizing market opportunities and discovering the future of your company in a different way, with smarter than ever manufacturing.

About Vuzix Corporation

Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart-Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high-quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 59 patents and 42 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2018 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Certain statements contained in this news release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward looking statements contained in this release relate to Industry 4.0 ThinkTank as well as the Company’s leadership in the Video Eyewear, VR and AR display industry. They are generally identified by words such as “believes,” “may,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “should” and similar expressions. Readers should not place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are based upon the Company’s beliefs and assumptions as of the date of this release. The Company’s actual results could differ materially due to risk factors and other items described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of the Company’s Annual Reports and MD&A filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulators (copies of which may be obtained at www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov). Subsequent events and developments may cause these forward-looking statements to change. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation or intention to update or revise these forward-looking statements as a result of changed events or circumstances that occur after the date of this release, except as required by applicable law.

Media and Investor Relations Contact:

Matt Margolis, Director of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Vuzix Corporation matt_margolis@vuzix.com Tel: (585) 359-5952

Andrew Haag, Managing Partner, IRTH Communications
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Axiom Cyber Solutions Announces Entourage Investment Group LLC’s Strategic Equity Position in Company

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Axiom Cyber Solutions LLC, a leading provider of hardware and software for cybersecurity protection of small- and mid-sized businesses, announced today a strategic equity investment in the company by Entourage Investment Group LLC. Jon C. Wolfe, the Chairman, CEO and President of Entourage Investment Group, joins Axiom as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The equity investment by Entourage will be used to deliver Axiom’s Polymorphic Cyber Defense Systems® to market and to build increased awareness of Axiom’s unique solutions for business cybersecurity.

Axiom’s Polymorphic Cyber Defense System® combines a next-generation firewall managed by experts and monitored 24×7 along with Axiom’s SecureAmerica Threat Defense Platform® of human-guided artificial intelligence that provides continuous updates from multiple open and closed sources of threat intelligence.

It is described as “polymorphic” because it responds to constantly changing and evolving threats and vulnerabilities in cybersecurity. Axiom’s Polymorphic Cyber Defense System® rapidly delivers a broad spectrum of updates to system components to stay ahead of hackers, attackers, and previously unrecognized vulnerabilities.

Troy Wilkinson and Shannon Wilkinson founded Axiom in 2015 with the vision of creating automated and intelligent cybersecurity solutions. The founders, described by Wolfe as “incomparable talent and industry leaders,” retain a significant interest in the company.

A year after its launch, Axiom was recognized by Enterprise Security Magazine as a Top 10 Managed Firewall Service Provider. The company received the Nevada Business Magazine Family Owned Business Whippersnapper award in 2017.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the partnership with Entourage,” said Wilkinson, who serves as CEO of Axiom Cyber Solutions. “Having the financial support and strategic expertise of Jon Wolfe as our Chairman and Entourage as our business partner will enable us to expand our ability to bring unique, innovative, automated and intelligent cybersecurity solutions to market.”

Wolfe succeeds Michael McClernon as Chairman of Axiom.

“I am very pleased to turn over Board Chairmanship of Axiom Cyber Solutions to Jon,” said McClernon. “He brings a wealth of experience in strategic development and scalability to Axiom, and we look forward to accelerated growth under his Chairmanship. Axiom’s growth is a testament to the perseverance of Troy and Shannon Wilkinson and the rest of the team at Axiom, and the quality and unique nature of Axiom’s cyber protection.”

“Cyber attackers loom in all areas of the business environment, attacking large and small organizations in both the public and private sectors,” said Wolfe. “This requires cybersecurity defenses that identify the threats and repel them instantaneously. Axiom Cyber Solutions provides just that.” “Our investment in Axiom brings with it the incomparable talent of Axioms founders, Troy and Shannon,” continued Wolfe. “Our combined talents and unmatched products will allow us to offer our customers the very best security at the very best price.”

Wolfe said Axiom will bring a host of new products and solutions to market during 2018.

ABOUT ENTOURAGE INVESTMENT GROUP, LLC.

Entourage Investment Group, LLC (EIG) and its related subsidiaries engage in diverse entertainment & lifestyle investment, management, marketing and production business activities. The company was founded by Jon C. Wolfe, a business leader, investor, and philanthropist who serves as the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President.

ABOUT AXIOM CYBER SOLUTIONS, LLC.

Axiom Cyber Solutions has developed a holistic, polymorphic cyber defense system called the SecureAmerica Threat Defense Platform® that includes a next-generation firewall, managed by experts, monitored 24×7, and continuous updates to keep its clients one step ahead of the hackers. While focused on the small-to-medium business market, Axiom has solutions that fit the smallest to largest of enterprises from a one-person at home business to companies that have thousands of concurrent users on their systems daily.

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The Abbi Agency
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Ken Ciancimino, Executive Vice President
Entourage Investment Group, LLC
ken.ciancimino@entouragegrp.com
(702) 239-4514

Shannon Wilkinson, President
Axiom Cyber Solutions
marketing@axiomcyber.com
(800) 519-5070

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Silicon Slopes Startup Pyramart Redefining Data Warehousing with Their "Artificial Intelligence Data Warehouse"

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Pyramart (pronounced PEER-a-mart) announces the latest version of their disruptive data warehousing technology which makes data warehousing and data mart creation and maintenance fast and easy.

“We’re doing for the data warehousing industry what Henry Ford did for the automobile industry,” proclaims Pyramart founder Dan Bruns. “The days of manual, slow-to-market and expensive data warehouses are over.”

Pyramart’s revolutionary new “Artificial Intelligence Data Warehouse” (AIDW) makes data management chores much easier to handle: all the hard data warehousing work is done automatically by the Pyramart Intelligence Engine. All a user has to do is tell Pyramart about their source data and how they want it to be aggregated and Pyramart takes care of the rest. It is a “Soup-to-Nuts Data Management Platform” handling the creation and maintenance of data warehousing tables, data import and ETL chores, exporting data, and much more, all built using Data Warehousing best practices. Creating “360 degree views” of customers has never been easier or faster.

Pyramart is an application layer that natively works with the most popular database software platforms, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Teradata, Netezza, or Big Data. It is not a reporting tool; rather, Pyramart’s specialty is in creating a solid data warehousing foundation from which users can build any report, campaign or analysis from any CRM, Marketing Automation, reporting, or analysis tool.

If a data warehouse already exists in an enterprise, Pyramart can be used to quickly develop department-specific data marts for groups such as Marketing. If businesses don’t already have a data warehouse, Pyramart is an excellent solution because users don’t need specialized data warehousing knowledge.

Plus, Pyramart includes powerful workflow capabilities which allow IT organizations to enable their data-savvy business users to manage their own data, yet still be in control of what makes it in to the data warehouse. In addition, Pyramart includes hundreds of syntax and data quality checks to lessen the possibility of user-caused Armageddon and allow IT personnel to sleep better at night.

Use cases for Pyramart abound, from Marketing Automation to aggregation of data from security appliances or other hardware and infrastructure. Anywhere data from disparate data sources needs to be aggregated in to a data warehouse or data mart, Pyramart is there.

For more information, check out the Pyramart website at www.pyramart.com, or contact Lisa Spears at 801-499-1316, 189670@email4pr.com

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New DCL and DITA Strategies Survey Finds Increased Demand for Training Content – and Increased Challenges

FRESH MEADOWS, N.Y., Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — A survey created by DCL and DITA Strategies polled training and learning professionals and the results show that while the demand for training content is rising, the pace of updating the format for that content in order to best drive business is lagging behind.

DCL is a smart content services provider with extraordinary depth of experience in making the most of content across industries and DITA Strategies is an information architecture development company; together they are uniquely qualified to not only field a survey of this kind, but to also offer solutions to the challenges highlighted in it. The 20-question survey revealed business-driving insights across a wide swath of topics, including the pain points of creating training content, the delivery methods and formats of the training, and much more.

Notably, training and learning materials are still being created and delivered in traditional, unstructured formats like PDF, PowerPoint and Word. For instance, 66.14 percent said they create their training materials in MS PowerPoint, with 50.39 percent using PDF, and 48.82 percent using MS Word. The top delivery methods indicated are: Slide Presentations (68.50 percent), Printed Materials (63.78 percent), Online Courses (62.99 percent), and PDF (53.54 percent). Even further, when asked, “On what devices is your training delivered?” – 92.13 percent said Desktop.

This continued use of formats with low discoverability and limited platforms paint a picture of an industry struggling when it comes to the format and delivery of their content. The impact: training professionals are not prepared to take advantage of the technologies that serve today’s expanding needs. Print-based or unstructured content in, say, MS Word or PowerPoint does not easily transfer in this age of mobile and emerging delivery methods. “Leveraging a structured single source for learning content is the key to keeping the content up-to-date and delivering effective learning experiences on multiple platforms,” said Amber Swope, DITA Specialist at DITA Strategies.

Other responses show a cognitive disconnect within the industry, most notably in a recognition of higher demand paired with a lack of the updates needed to best meet that demand. For instance, the question “How would you rate the demand for training content in your organization in the past year?” showed that almost half (49.61 percent) of respondents said demand has gone up. Meeting that demand is challenging, as seen in the responses to, “What are your greatest challenges in developing and delivering training content today?” Some top challenges cited were “out of date information” (51.01 percent), “maintenance” (49.66 percent), “reduced budgets” (41.61 percent), and “lack of analytics for measuring the effectiveness of training” (41.61 percent).

“The survey shows clearly that training material requirements are expanding rapidly. Increased product complexity, translation for a global economy, the desire to reduce involvement for customer service personnel, mobile, artificial intelligence, 24/7 access, accessibility to the disabled – these all contribute to the need for better training materials,” said Mark Gross, President of DCL. “These materials should be suitable for multiple uses, and capable of rapid update. The solutions revolve around automation, but require turning our traditional learning materials into structured modules such as DITA, which can be adapted, updated, translated, and reused across the many platforms people use to learn.”

About DCL
Data Conversion Laboratory, Inc. (DCL) (dclab.com) has been helping organizations transform their content to smarter formats for over 35 years. DCL’s services include automating XML & HTML conversion, metadata enrichment and web scraping using the latest innovations in machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) technology. DCL helps organize content for modern technologies and platforms.

About DITA Strategies
DITA Strategies is an information architecture development company focused on creating opportunity by enabling their clients to deliver exceptional content experiences.

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Machine Learning Company Soteria Intelligence Releases New Social Media Analytics Tools, Website

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — After being in stealth mode for the past six months while working on R&D focused on applying deep learning to social media analytics, Soteria Intelligence is excited to announce the release of powerful new tools for brand reputation management, customer service and marketing as well as a new website that graphically represents the company’s vision of machine learning.

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Soteria Intelligence’s new tools empower companies by delivering social media analytics and intelligence solutions that use Natural Language Processing (NLP) to build context around, and extract true meaning from, posts on social networks. Additionally, since a picture is worth a thousand words, image recognition capabilities allow organizations to discover a social media world they never knew existed.

One of the key things that makes Soteria Intelligence unique is the creation of intuitive interfaces that guide users to provide human input that will ultimately make the software more intelligent and effective over time – a true marriage between man and machine. This supervised learning approach helps eliminate false positives and white noise while delivering actionable insights.

“We are at a pivotal point in time where artificial intelligence is starting to take over all facets of everyday life, and we see a future where humans and computers work together as a team to solve problems,” stated Aaron Schoenberger, Founder and CEO of Soteria Intelligence.  

The new solutions being announced today solve many of the problems organizations have faced in the past when analyzing social media, and are ideal for spotting brand reputation issues on the horizon, cultivating insights for advertising campaigns or product development, and monitoring social media to understand conversations and sentiment after the fact.

Soteria Intelligence’s revamped website was created to not only showcase the company’s products and services, but also take something as complex as artificial intelligence (AI), specifically machine learning, and bring it down to earth via compelling, educational illustrations.

For more information, visit the company website: https://www.soteriaintelligence.com/

About Soteria Intelligence:

Soteria Intelligence is a technology company based in Los Angeles, California that provides social media analytics solutions powered by machine learning as well as custom integrations, consulting, and an upcoming ecosystem of interconnected machine learning products.  

 

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Elsevier Welcomes Six Biotech and Pharma Start-ups to The Hive, Supporting the Most Cutting-edge Research in Industry

NEW YORK, January 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

Start-ups working on a range of technologies and discoveries from AI to immunotherapy receive complimentary access to Elseviers information solutions to accelerate innovation

Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, today announced that six start-up companies have been selected from more than 150 global applicants for The Hive, Elsevier’s innovation initiative for biotech and pharmaceutical start-ups.

Exscientia, LegoChem Biosciences, 4P-Pharma, Beacon Discovery, Sigilon Therapeutics, and Unum Therapeutics, were selected for their commitment to cutting-edge science in emerging areas of research; all six demonstrate significant potential to impact how future treatments are researched and developed. As members of The Hive, each company will receive support, complimentary training, and access to Elsevier’s suite of information solutions for 18 months.

“As the pharma ecosystem grapples with how to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) into R&D, or how to accelerate the discovery of new biologics and immunotherapies, start-ups around the globe are playing a pivotal role,” said Betsy Davis, Senior Strategic Marketing Manager at Elsevier. “We received more than three times the number of applications than in 2016 – underlining the importance that start-ups place on the role of discovery solutions in innovation.”

“This year, to demonstrate the vast contribution of start-ups in the origin of drug discoveries, we will especially focus on helping these companies close the gap between concept and commercialization – particularly for start-ups from academic backgrounds. And we look forward to sharing the stories of these dynamic, exciting biotech start-ups with a global audience,” Ms. Davis said.

The goal of The Hive is to help foster the discoveries that happen in these early stages, start-up environments, ensuring that the route to market for new innovations is accelerated. The six participating companies – the second intake of start-ups to The Hive – will use Elsevier’s tools to support their groundbreaking and innovative work in some of the hottest research areas, including:

  • Exscientia, from Scotland, UK; uses systems driven by AI to actively learn best practices from vast repositories of discovery data, and design millions of novel, project-specific compounds; Exscientia is the first company to automate drug design
  • LegoChem Biosciences, from South Korea (the first Hive participant from Asia); develops Antibody-Drug Conjugates (ADC) utilizing its proprietary ADC platform ConjuAllTM, which provides solutions for major unmet needs in ADC development
  • 4P-Pharma, from France; bridges the gap between academic discoveries and the pharma industry, helping to mature early-stage technologies from the drug discovery level to clinical phase and commercialization
  • Beacon Discovery, from San Diego, CA, USA; composed of a group of scientists who have worked together for more than a decade; leverages academic and pharma partnerships to advance research around translating G-Protein Coupled Receptors into new therapeutics
  • Sigilon Therapeutics, from Cambridge, MA, USA; develops treatments based on a platform enabling a new therapeutic modality for chronic diseases that are currently treated with intermittent injection or infusion in order to restore health and improve quality of life
  • Unum Therapeutics, from Cambridge, MA, USA; develops novel immunotherapy products based on its universal Antibody-Coupled T-cell Receptor (ACTR). Unlike other approaches, its therapies are not restricted to a particular target and may be used in many different cancer types

“Being part of The Hive will increase the efficiency of our team’s research and development activities. Access to Elsevier’s R&D information and solutions will be a real boost to help us in achieving our aim of developing a new blockbuster drug,” said Yong-Zu Kim, CEO and President, LegoChem Biosciences.

Elsevier’s suite of R&D Solutions fuels research and decision-making in early stage drug discovery and development, and are used by most of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies. The products that The Hive participants will be using include: Pathway Studio™, Reaxys®, Reaxys® Medicinal Chemistry, ScienceDirect, Scopus, PharmaPendium®, and Embase®. The Hive, which first launched in 2016 with four start-ups selected to take part, engages the global pharma community via content featuring the participants, which will be widely-promoted throughout Elsevier’s online and social networks.

“At Exscientia, we apply AI algorithms to drug design – one of our biggest challenges is systematic access to high quality data. As such, being part of The Hive and using a range of Elsevier’s tools will help us drive our research forward,” said Andrew Hopkins, CEO, Exscientia. “For example, patent data in Reaxys will support better model building and evaluation of novelty, and Pathway Studio will give us deep visibility into disease pathways. We look forward to working with Elsevier within The Hive to achieve our goals and uncover new commercial applications.”

For more information please visit: www.elsevier.com/thehive.

About Elsevier 

Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, Scival, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Grays Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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Elsevier
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SUSE Boosts Business-Critical Computing to Help Customers Deliver Nonstop IT

NUREMBERG, Germany, Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — As organizations face increasing pressure to become more agile and economically efficient by leveraging digital assets and information, the business success of many depends on high availability and responsiveness of their enterprise IT systems. To help ensure their success, SUSE® is expanding its portfolio of business-critical computing infrastructure solutions that provide nonstop IT and workload predictability for those customers. SUSE today unveiled SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching for IBM Power Systems and SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 12 Service Pack 3 to maximize the availability and responsiveness of business-critical IT systems. Building on the success of Live Patching for the x86 platform, SUSE is the first to provide Live Patching for IBM POWER.

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Live Patching for IBM Power Systems lets customers apply Linux kernel fixes on the fly without interrupting service in IBM POWER environments. Live Patching keeps business-critical applications like in-memory database using SAP HANA running in the event of critical kernel security updates. SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 12 SP3 is a complete real time operating system that provides precision timing for critical application workloads. Service Pack 3 introduces the ability to mix real time and non-real time workloads on a single virtual machine so managing real time environments is easier and more efficient. These offerings are part of SUSE’s software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that, along with SUSE’s flexible business practices and support for freedom of choice and best of breed, are more critical to IT organizations than ever before.

“Customers’ business success often relies on nonstop IT,” said Gerald Pfeifer, vice president of Products and Technology Programs at SUSE. “Live Patching for IBM Power Systems and the latest Real Time update provide more uptime and predictability in the enterprise data center, which are essential to customers’ ability to satisfy the demands of business-critical workloads. In turn, they are able to meet the demands of their own customers more effectively, quickly adapting to changing market conditions and maximizing economic efficiency.”

Stefanie Chiras, vice president, IBM Systems Group, said, “As a cognitive solutions and cloud platform company, IBM is changing industries around the world. A key part of this transformation is modernizing underlying infrastructure so it is highly reliable, high performing, secure and agile and it can fully leverage the data and investments in our customers’ enterprises. We’ve always worked hand in hand with partners like SUSE to deliver these capabilities. Live patching for the IBM Power Systems portfolio is another important step in this transformation and will help accelerate outcomes for thousands of clients worldwide.”

SUSE and IBM have collaborated on the world’s most mission-critical systems for more than two decades. IBM originally worked with SUSE to bring Linux to IBM’s largest systems, and today the companies continue to work together on new solutions that maximize performance, availability and customer choice.

Customers are demanding Live Patching as it helps them improve business continuity and lower costs by reducing downtime, increasing service availability and enhancing security and compliance. Downtime is not an option for a host of business-critical applications ranging from artificial intelligence apps, big data analytics and databases such as Oracle and SQL to performance-demanding in-memory database applications such as SAP HANA.

“The live patching function on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is al­most invisible: it just runs and there are no reboots,” said Hans Lenting, IT architect for SVHW, a government service organization in the Netherlands that runs a large number of interconnected applications to support important municipal services. “It enables us to apply major maintenance and security patches with no downtime. Live patching is a huge benefit for the hypervisor layer, which we need to keep ‘in the air’ for as long as we can. Without this, we would be faced with bringing down all 40+ virtual machines each time we needed to apply critical patches – at least once a month.”

SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 12 SP3 is an open source real time operating system designed to reduce latency and increase the predictability and reliability of time-sensitive, business-critical applications with process and task prioritization and scheduling. This new release provides an updated real time kernel for advanced application workloads that require precise timing and synchronization.

For additional information about SUSE’s business-critical computing solutions, visit www.suse.com/solutions/mission-critical-computing. For more about SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching for IBM Power Systems and SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 12 Service Pack 3, see www.suse.com/power and www.suse.com/products/realtime.

About SUSE
SUSE, a pioneer in open source software, provides reliable, software-defined infrastructure and application delivery solutions that give enterprises greater control and flexibility. More than 25 years of engineering excellence, exceptional service and an unrivaled partner ecosystem power the products and support that help our customers manage complexity, reduce cost, and confidently deliver mission-critical services. The lasting relationships we build allow us to adapt and deliver the smarter innovation they need to succeed – today and tomorrow. For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Copyright 2018 SUSE LLC. All rights reserved. SUSE and the SUSE logo are registered trademarks of SUSE LLC in the United States and other countries. All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

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VectorZilla ICO Pre-Sale Goes Live

KANPUR, India, Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — VectorZilla is the world’s first royalty-free stock graphics platform and marketplace based on blockchain and deep learning technologies. This is the first time that a stock graphics marketplace catering to a global audience has adopted a transparent and semi-decentralized platform with blockchain technology.

The public ICO Pre-Sale is live:

Minimum Contribution: 0.10 ETH (reduced from 0.25 ETH)

Pre-Sale Tier 1: Up-to 1500 ETH

  • 1 ETH = 1000 VZT + 25% Bonus (1,250 VZT)
  • 2 ETH = 2000 VZT + 50% Bonus (3,500 VZT)
  • 10 ETH = 10,000 VZT + 60% Bonus (16,000 VZT) 

Pre-Sale Tier 2: 1501 ETH To 5000 ETH

  • 1 ETH = 1000 VZT + 15% Bonus (1,150 VZT)
  • 2 ETH = 2000 VZT + 40% Bonus (2,800 VZT)
  • 10 ETH = 10,000 VZT + 50% Bonus (15,000 VZT)

VectorZilla.IO is a revolutionary new marketplace for stock graphics, featuring over 1 million self-owned graphic elements and over 120,000 compositions. Built on top of the Ethereum network, the platform will see a beta launch taking place in the second quarter of 2018. VectorZilla’s enviable image library is currently worth $25 million and can be accessed at affordable rates using VZT at super-fast speed, or other digital currencies and fiat money that are converted to VZT during checkout. The VZT can also be freely traded on crypto exchanges.

The VZ Token sale comprises 100 million tokens, of which 75 million are earmarked for the ICO crowdsale. The pre-sale public offer comprises 5 million VZT with a target of 5,000 ETH, and comes with up to 25% bonus as an incentive for early investors and participants. Of the total, 23 million VZTs will be held in a reserve fund for management and acquiring future content and licensing, while 2 million tokens, to be kept in multiple signature wallets, will go towards the token-sale cost, an affiliate and bounty programs. Subscribers who participate in the pre-sale above 02 ETH will also receive a special 35% additional bonus. VZT can be bought with cryptocurrency (Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) Litecoin, Ripple, Wave etc.), or fiat currencies.

“VectorZilla is our most ambitious and cutting-edge platform that will transform the royalty-free stock graphics industry. As the world’s first blockchain and AI-based marketplace, we welcome contributors and participants from all over the world to make VectorZilla the biggest and most trusted royalty-free graphics platform ever created. We have made a few changes in VectorZilla Token Presale terms to enable greater participation. One of the key reasons that prompted the change was the ongoing rise in the price of Ethereum, said Abdul Qaiyoom, co-founder and CEO, VectorZilla.

The global stock images market is on the ascendency and projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.37% with a revenue pie of over $4 billion by 2022. The royalty-free images sector in which VectorZilla operates is expected to deliver the fastest growth during this period due to flexible terms of use. VectorZilla is spearheading the royalty-free graphics marketplace with a transparent and secure platform that pays the maximum to contributors.

Several features make VectorZilla the most ambitious and revolutionary project in the global stock graphics marketplace. It is the first of its kind in the world to use both the blockchain and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in the huge market for free graphics, a trusted and reliable online service popular all over the world. The blockchain is the future of such online platforms, giving it maximum security, transparency and data storage. It also allows VectorZilla to offer much-needed services such as white-label and integrated apps. Contributors from all over the world are thus likely to participate at VectorZilla, which aims to serve millions of businesses and individuals after its formal launch.

Built upon the most cutting-edge and futuristic tools, VectorZilla utilizes the Ethereum decentralized ledger with multiple security levels and transparent and open transactions between contributors, customers and partners. Each user will thus receive their fair share with easy transactions and instant payment. The AI-driven search engine offers contextual and highly relevant search results, thus creating efficiency and a wholesome user experience. All popular platforms (Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, WordPress, Shopify, Magento, etc.) will be able to utilize content from VectorZilla through plug-ins, apps and extensions. Also available are a highly usable API and multi-platform apps, and white label solution for select partners.

The team behind VectorZilla comprises over 40 industry professionals from diverse fields, including technology, management, creative, operations, sales and marketing. The operations are backed by Allies Interactive Services Pvt. Ltd, one of the world’s largest vector stock graphics creation and distribution company, and a leading contributor to sites like shutterstock.com, depositphotos.com, storyblocks.com and other stock graphics marketplaces. Allies Interactive Services carries over 18 years of experience in software technology and microstock graphics industry. Team members carry decades of experience in UI/UX, creative graphic design, software development, IT consulting, business management and entrepreneurship, with some members working on blockchain technologies since its early days.

VectorZilla’s vision is to be the preferred platform for all graphics requirements and advanced, cloud-based, online editing tools that deliver maximum productivity right inside a web browser. The worldwide audience includes creative freelancers, creative agencies, publishers (bloggers, etc.), publishing houses, content writers, and anyone who requires royalty free stock graphics.

The launch of VectorZilla is on track, with a beta version scheduled for the second quarter of 2018. The first blockchain-based, royalty-free graphics library will be launched in three phases. The first phase will open the platform’s vast library along with integration apps and tools, while the second phase will introduce advanced editing features based on the cloud. The third phase will open VectorZilla to the worldwide community of contributors, offering 90% of sales proceeds.

All funds raised from the pre-sale and ICO will go towards growth and expansion of VectorZilla, which is equipped with sophisticated tools such as contextual search based on artificial intelligence, decentralized ledger, multiple levels of security, transparent and open transactions, and support for popular blogging, e-commerce and content management systems through API, extensions, plug-ins and multi-platform apps.

Participants in token sale and contributors desirous of joining VectorZilla can obtain detailed information, including a whitepaper, token structure and pricing, from https://vectorzilla.io

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Email: abdul@vectorzilla.io

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BMC Integrates AWS Service Catalog with BMC Digital Workplace for Simplified Access to AWS Cloud Services

HOUSTON, Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — BMC, a global leader in IT solutions for the digital enterprise, today announced it has integrated AWS Service Catalog into the BMC service catalog, part of the BMC Digital Workplace solution, delivering one-click self-service to the products and services employees need to be productive. The collaboration builds on BMC’s strategic relationship with Amazon to help customers move enterprise workloads to the AWS Cloud faster in a secure, low-risk, and cost-effective way. The BMC Digital Workplace solution becomes the single interface for BMC customers to provision AWS cloud services and IT service management solutions from BMC.  

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“A key focus of our cloud management strategy is to empower our customers to migrate and utilize cloud services easier and more confidently,” said Bill Berutti, President, Enterprise Solutions at BMC. “Integrating AWS Service Catalog into our service catalog alongside BMC’s industry-leading solutions reduces complexity and enables one-stop shopping for AWS cloud services provisioning and management. We’re excited about this significant step in our relationship with AWS, and to showcase this integrated service catalog to customers.”

The average company has more than 20 catalogs for IT and business services, which typically results in an inefficient process requiring employees to separately search, select, and provision services from each catalog. The BMC Digital Workplace service catalog provides a “one-click” consumer-like experience by aggregating and managing apps and services across the enterprise in a centralized solution. By integrating AWS Service Catalog with BMC Digital Workplace, companies now can reduce catalog sprawl to improve workforce agility and employee productivity through integrated self-service.

“Our customers have been asking for easier access to enterprise service management tools to procure, deploy and manage their AWS cloud resources. Integration of AWS Service Catalog with BMC Digital Workplace will enable BMC enterprise customers to migrate workloads to AWS faster and access their AWS cloud resources from their integrated BMC portal,” said Barry Russell, GM of WW Business Development, AWS Marketplace and Service Catalog, Amazon Web Services, Inc.

AWS Service Catalog enables organizations and employees to more quickly describe and provision commonly deployed IT services that are approved for use on AWS, including virtual machine images, servers, third party software, and databases to complete multi-tier application architectures. AWS Service Catalog empowers users to quickly deploy only the approved IT services they need, ensuring consistent governance and meeting compliance requirements.

BMC’s service catalog integration with AWS cloud services will be demonstrated at AWS Sales Kickoff 2018 in Las Vegas January 30 through February 2, 2018.

To learn more about BMC’s cloud management solutions, visit http://www.bmc.com/it-solutions/multi-cloud-management.html.  

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