Ixia Launches New LTE Test Solution for Cellular IoT

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New IxLoad-Wireless to be showcased at Mobile World Congress Americas 2017

Sydney, Australia – Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, announced IxLoad-Wireless, a high-performance Long Term Evolution (LTE) test solution for cellular IoT enhanced Machine-Type Communication(eMTC) and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technologies. These technologies are new 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)-defined and will help manage the density expected with IoT and lay the foundation for 5G.

Cellular IoT provides wireless communications for devices and applications that need low-power and wide-range communication connectivity, and have infrequent data transmission. A low volume of such devices would have a minimal impact on today’s LTE networks. However, according to Ericsson’s Internet of Things Forecast, 70 percent of wide-area IoT devices will use cellular technology in 2022, and the number of cellular IoT devices will surpass mobile phones in 2018.
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Konica Minolta announces the return of the National Specialised Print Awards

Konica Minolta LogoSydney, Australia – Konica Minolta has announced that entries are now open for its 2017 National Specialised Print Awards. The awards recognise customers that achieve excellence in print with the help of a Konica Minolta digital press system.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts in November 2017. All Konica Minolta customers with a Konica Minolta digital press are invited to submit their very best work in the below categories:

  • Digital Flat sheet Colour Output
  • Digital Finished Output
  • Digital Print with Embellishment
  • Digital Print on Label Media.

Anthony Lewis, general manager – Specialised Print, Konica Minolta, said, “Konica Minolta started the National Specialised Print Awards to give customers a point of differentiation in the market to help them win more business in an increasingly competitive environment. We received an extraordinary selection of entries in the 2016 inaugural year and we are looking forward to seeing how entrants push the boundaries with a Konica Minolta digital press this year.”
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Ixia announces new active SSL to bolster network security and visibility

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Enables organisations to see inside traffic encrypted with an ephemeral key

Sydney, Australia — Ixia, a leading provider of network test, visibility, and security solutions, announced the addition of its Active SSL™ technology to its SecureStack™ feature set, a key component of the company’s Security and Visibility Intelligence Framework. Active SSL enables organisations to see inside traffic encrypted with ephemeral key to ensure the security of their networks.

According to Gartner, “in 2016, industry reports estimate that encrypted traffic — HTTPS — represents 30% to 40% of enterprise web traffic, growing steadily compared to 2015. Already, Gartner clients frequently face web traffic of which more than 50% is encrypted, with peaks at more than 70% in financial and legal sectors… Through 2019, more than 80% of enterprises’ web traffic will be encrypted.”[1] Securing a network requires comprehensive visibility into all traffic, which necessitates the ability to decrypt traffic that uses ephemeral key encryption mandated by the new TLS1.3 standard.
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Brennan IT celebrates 20 years of excellence in the Australian mid-market

Brennan IT LogoFrom humble beginnings in a loft in Balmain to number one managed services provider in Australia


Sydney, Australia – Leading managed services provider, Brennan IT, is celebrating 20 years of excellence in providing IT services and solutions to the mid-market. From humble beginnings in a loft in Balmain, the company has grown to be the number one managed services provider in Australia, ranked 8 years in a row[1].

Brennan IT was founded in 1997 and, as it celebrates 20 years in the industry, the company has grown to a team of 400+ employees, servicing more than 1,000 customers across various industries. Brennan IT has always been at the forefront of change in the IT channel, transforming into a managed services provider that delivers a range of capabilities in cloud computing, networking, unified communications, security, and digital disruption.

Dave Stevens, founder and non-executive chair, Brennan IT, said, “Brennan IT was built to service the Australian mid-market. At the time we started the company, medium-sized businesses were really underserviced in IT, it was difficult for them to access high quality technology, knowledge and services. We identified a gap in the market, to provide enterprise grade solutions at affordable rates.
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Airbnb and Concur expand partnership to provide Airbnb listings within Concur Travel

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Sydney, Australia – Concur®, an SAP company and the world’s leading provider of travel, expense and invoice management solutions, has announced the availability to view and book Airbnb listings embedded within Concur Travel.

Embedded listings allow travellers to search for Airbnb listings directly on the search results page of the Concur online booking tool. The tighter integration will deliver greater flexibility for businesses to offer alternative lodging choices to business travellers within their existing travel management program and policy framework while delivering the ease of use customers have come to rely on from Concur, with itineraries and e-receipts being automatically fed back to Concur to simplify expense reports. Concur is now the only online business travel booking tool with Airbnb listings.

Airbnb usage continues to show strong growth over time, with the number of business travellers expensing Airbnb accommodations increasing by 33% year-over-year in Q2 2017.  In fact, employees from more than 250,000 companies in over 230 countries and territories use Airbnb for work. Concur Travel connects users seamlessly, while allowing organisations to maintain control over spend and compliance with corporate and regulatory requirements.
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CenturyLink becomes authorised premium supplier for SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud in Asia Pacific

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CenturyLink’s operations in Singapore and India now ready to provide the latest SAP® cloud services to help local businesses accelerate their digital transformation journeys

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced it has signed an agreement with SAP to offer premium supplier services for SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud in Asia Pacific. These services, delivered through data centers located in Singapore and India, can help organisations across the region accelerate their digital transformation journeys by combining the real-time computing power of the SAP HANA platform with CenturyLink’s global network infrastructure and in-house expertise in SAP® solutions.

Through this agreement, CenturyLink’s infrastructure and services capabilities help expand the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud offering. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is a private, secure cloud fully managed by SAP and supported by global partners, and is often used by companies that run mission-critical applications in the cloud.

The launch builds on CenturyLink’s global premium supplier partnership agreement with SAP, and successful SAP project implementations for clients in Asia Pacific. CenturyLink has deep SAP technology expertise which includes designing, implementing and managing a full spectrum of SAP solutions.
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Atradius unveils Atrium; its new online credit management portal

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Sydney, Australia – Atradius has announced an upgrade to its digital platform with the unveiling of ‘Atrium’, its new credit management portal. Atrium is an advanced way for business to complete credit insurance transactions creating a new level of service. The Oracle based portal is designed to evolve with digital advancements and user requirements. It is being launched between June 19 and July 15 in Atradius markets around the world.

Atrium has been designed to directly and quickly address the everyday needs of its customers, brokers, agents and account management teams. The buyer centric platform delivers a faster and more efficient user experience focused on applying for cover and filing claims; the services most frequently used by customers. Each Atradius customer can immediately and instantly search for and view information about buyers’ creditworthiness, such as buyer ratings, current cover and claims,. Having received a clear picture of the buyer on the buyer details page the customer can directly on this page apply for a credit limit with most required information already included in the application. Credit limit decisions, in most cases, are immediate.
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How uberbrand is bringing the future of the creative agency industry forward

As the industry continues to blur the lines between strategy, consulting and the delivery of creative, agencies have struggled to keep up.

Meanwhile, uberbrand has been operating in a way that marries the three since it was established six years ago.

Dan Ratner, founder and Managing Director, uberbrand, said, “I could see a time when clients would truly value a strategic approach. That’s why we put strategy at the centre and drive creative development around it. Having a strong strategic rationale is what links communications objectives to creative platforms. It’s the way you end up with beautiful design, clever taglines and big ideas. To get there you need to take an approach that leverages brand to drive communications.”

“When I started uberbrand, I knew the industry was on the cusp of change. It’s good to see it putting greater emphasis on a more integrated approach. Even management consultancies like Accenture, PwC and Deloitte making inroads into the communications industry; PwC’s appointment of Russel Howcroft and Accentures’ recent acquisition of the Monkeys (and Maud); all helps to validate our approach.”
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Ixia on Preventing Industrial Control System Attacks

IXIA LogoSydney, Australia — Ixia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility and security solutions, offers organisations advice on preventing Industrial Control Systems (ICS) attacks in light of the recent report from Dragos on the CrashOverride malware.This malware took down 30 substations in the Ukraine’s power grid late last year, and left 230,000 residents in the Ukraine without power.

The report from Dragos on CrashOverride was detailed and specific. The possibility of this malware strain permeating critical infrastructure around the world is evidence that plants and power systems continue to be under targeted attacks. In fact, early last year, hackers breached the a water utility company that is referred to as the “Kemuri Water Company”. They took control of hundreds of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) that manage the flow of toxic chemicals used for water treatment, which could have had dire consequences.

“The work required to create malware targeting specific ICS systems indicates nation-state sponsorship. One does not simply go out and build a ‘mirror lab’ of an electrical grid in their basement,” said Chuck McAuley, Principal Security Research Engineer at Ixia. “Human intelligence backed with strong technical knowledge is needed to create this type of software. Countries, and their private partners involved in infrastructure, need to be proactive about their security measures. In a region such as Europe, where the interconnected electrical grid crosses the borders of many countries, operators need to be ready for cyber attacks at all times.”
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Ixia extends CloudLens Private to deliver visibility into subscriber traffic for mobile operators

IXIA LogoIxia, a leading provider of network testing, visibility, and security solutions, announced that the company has extended the capabilities of CloudLens™ Private, Ixia’s integrated cloud visibility platform, with Ixia’s MobileStack™ features. This new software solution delivers visibility into subscriber traffic which enables mobile operators to assure the Quality of Service (QoS) for critical Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and data services in software defined (SDN) and traditional networks.

In 2016, global mobile data traffic increased 63 percent (1), which can significantly impact a carrier’s ability to ensure QoS, a key differentiator that allows mobile operators to gain and retain subscribers. Carriers monitor QoS with specialised monitoring probes. However, with increasing traffic, these probes are challenged to track individual subscriber data, resulting in potential blind spots.

To address this challenge, Ixia has added MobileStack capabilities to CloudLens Private, which enables mobile operators to cost-effectively manage QoS for their subscribers by:
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