Fronde awarded NetSuite APJ Solution Provider Partner of the Year

Fronde Logo NetSuite, the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials, enterprise resource planning (ERP), and omnichannel software has named Fronde as the NetSuite Solution Provider Partner of the Year for the Asia Pacific and Japan region for 2016.

The award was announced during the SuiteWorld 2016 conference in San Jose, California. Fronde takes out the prestigious accolade for the second year in a row. This award cements Fronde’s position as the Asia Pacific leader in NetSuite cloud business software. It also demonstrates that Fronde is one of the most influential NetSuite partners in the world.
Ant Belsham, CEO Fronde, said, “Fronde is delighted to be named as NetSuite’s APAC Solution Provider Partner of the Year for the second year in a row. This adds to our Google Apps APAC Partner of the year award received earlier this year and is testament to the quality of our fantastic people, partners, and customers.”
Don McLean, Managing Director, Fronde Australia, said, “We love working with NetSuite and its channel team to bring our customers the benefits of the number one cloud ERP solution.”
“Fronde brings 24 years of IT experience to the Asia Pacific region. Combining our pursuit of innovation, business IT liberation and customer commitment, we deliver the best technology solutions for our clients. We have loyal customers who’ve been with us on this journey from the beginning, clearly validating our business-based approach to solutions featuring cloud technology.”
Fronde is a Trans-Tasman member of the NetSuite Solution Provider Partner Program and has 5 star status, the highest level awarded by NetSuite.

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About Fronde
In a world that is changing faster than ever in history, Fronde helps our customers to identify, understand, prioritise, and execute using digital technology to accelerate their businesses ahead of their competitors. By focussing on business outcomes, and leveraging our carefully developed Intellectual Property, we offer a unique “end to end” solution for our customers, focussing on Customer, Employee, Operational, Product & Service, and Decision Making Excellence and Experience.
With over 24 years industry experience, employing over 200 people, Fronde has offices in Wellington, Auckland, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Manila. Fronde has been operating in Australia for more than 10 years.
The company has received recent accolades from some of the giants in cloud computing, including being awarded ‘Google Apps APAC Partner of the Year’, and ‘NetSuite APAC Solution Provider of the Year’. Successes in software development, IT managed services, plus other strategic partnerships with Amazon Web Services and Salesforce.com have combined to see Fronde feature in the CRN Fast50, which recognises the fastest-growing Australian IT companies. Fronde is currently at number 11 in the list.
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About NetSuite
Today, approximately 30,000 companies and subsidiaries depend on NetSuite to run complex, mission-critical business processes globally in the cloud. Since its inception in 1998, NetSuite has established itself as the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud ERP suites for divisions of large enterprises and mid-sized organizations seeking to upgrade their antiquated client/server ERP systems.
NetSuite continues its success in delivering the best cloud ERP/financial suites to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud accelerates.

CenturyLink expands its cloud platform to Australia

Century Link LogoLaunches CenturyLink Cloud node in Sydney to continue international expansion

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has announced the availability of CenturyLink Cloud in Australia. The CenturyLink Cloud platform delivers enterprise-class control, agility, scalability and security backed by an industry-leading global network.

Businesses based or operating in Australia can now turn to a single, trusted provider for public and private cloud infrastructure, managed services, colocation, network connectivity and support for advanced hybrid solutions. The Sydney cloud node joins the company’s other available cloud locations in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Singapore.

“Launching the CenturyLink Cloud node in Australia signals our strong commitment to this key growth market,” said Gery Messer, CenturyLink managing director, Asia Pacific. “We’re seeing increased customer demand for IT services in Australia, which is one of the most connected countries in the world. Thanks to our continued investment in Asia Pacific, many more organisations are achieving success on their hybrid IT journeys.”

Business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan predicts cloud spending in Asia Pacific will reach US$20 billion in 2018. CenturyLink’s presence in Asia-Pacific dates back to 1999. Numerous regional and multinational corporations in Australia are customers.

The Australia cloud node is one of several recent cloud advancements for CenturyLink. In early March, the CenturyLink Development Center opened in St. Louis with a focus on building cloud-based managed services that help drive increased value for businesses. In January, the company launched Relational Database (DB) Service, a MySQL-compatible database-as-a-service designed to meet application developers’ rapid software requirements and drive more agile IT.

Besides expansion, CenturyLink has long been committed to operational excellence as well – the Company received the 2015 “Company of the Year Award – The Cloud Industry, North America” from Frost & Sullivan. The award recognises CenturyLink’s hybrid IT portfolio for meeting the needs of the next generation of technical and line-of-business cloud users for highly automated, efficient, reliable and flexible IT services. CenturyLink is also the first company to pursue the Management & Operations certification by the Uptime Institute across its global data centre portfolio, with all certifications expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

For more information about CenturyLink Cloud, visit www.ctl.io.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

Red Hat Powers cloud-scale DevOps with the general availability of Red Hat Cloud Suite and Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8

Redhat LogoLatest Red Hat hybrid cloud solutions offer improved hybrid management, security, and performance via integration with Linux containers, Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Ceph Storage

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announced the general availability of Red Hat Cloud Suite and Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, helping to bridge the gap between development and operations teams at the scale of cloud computing. With the newly-available products, Red Hat now offers a complete, integrated hybrid cloud stack with a container application platform (OpenShift by Red Hat), massively scalable infrastructure (Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8) and unified management tools (Red Hat CloudForms), all available individually or via a single, easy-to-deploy solution with Red Hat Cloud Suite.

A growing number of organisations are building private clouds¹, to give them massively scalable and modern infrastructure, while maintaining increased security and control. According to the Red Hat Global Customer Tech Outlook 2016, a global survey of Red Hat customers, private cloud deployments are expected to outpace public cloud by 6x. In addition, development teams are looking to streamline the creation and deployment of new cloud-native applications while IT leadership is hoping to meet growing business demands with cloud-based automation. Red Hat’s latest cloud solutions help answer these needs through the availability of:

  • Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, the newest version of Red Hat’s leading OpenStack offering, adds optimised storage and management capabilities through the native inclusion of Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat CloudForms, respectively.
  • Red Hat Cloud Suite, a pre-integrated set of Red Hat’s cloud technologies that, for the first time, allows for cloud-native application development and deployment with the inclusion of OpenShift by Red Hat in addition to massively-scalable infrastructure and unified management.

Red Hat’s OpenStack-based private cloud solutions provide an open foundation to meet production-level needs of today’s modern businesses, combining highly-scalable infrastructure and management with developer productivity, backed by a broad ecosystem of certified hardware and software providers. Available as a single platform with Red Hat OpenStack Platform or as an integrated offering through Red Hat Cloud Suite, Red Hat’s cloud solutions help customers build scalable, fault-tolerant, IaaS environments.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8

Forming the backbone of Red Hat’s hybrid cloud offerings is Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, the latest version of the company’s highly scalable IaaS platform based on the OpenStack community “Liberty” release. A co-engineered solution that integrates the proven foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat’s OpenStack technology to form a production-ready cloud platform, Red Hat OpenStack Platform is becoming the gold standard for large production OpenStack deployments. Hundreds of global production deployments and even more proof-of-concepts are underway, and in the information and telecommunications industry, a strong ecosystem of industry leaders are rallying around Red Hat OpenStack Platform for transformative network functions virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) deployments. With the debut of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, Red Hat’s core OpenStack offering now natively includes:

  • Automated upgrades and updates; easily upgrade major point releases and minor updates. A component of the Red Hat OpenStack Platform director, it automatically performs the necessary system-wide updates to both the core OpenStack services, as well as the director tool itself, helping to deliver a healthy and stable OpenStack cloud while minimising downtime.
  • Infrastructure and workload management included; use Red Hat CloudForms for lifecycle and operational management over OpenStack infrastructure and workloads. CloudForms can manage Linux and Windows workloads running on top of OpenStack, including lifecycle management, usage monitoring and reporting, multi-node orchestration, and governance and policy-based access control.
  • Software-defined storage; Red Hat Ceph Storage, Red Hat’s massively scalable, software-defined storage solution, is now included with Red Hat OpenStack Platform, offering an initial 64 terabytes of highly flexible object and block storage. The most popular storage solution for OpenStack clouds² provides users with a single, efficient platform to support the demanding storage needs of an OpenStack-based cloud.
  • Telco-focused preview; version 8 adds several new and critical tech preview features focused on improving network virtualisation functions. With this release there is more assured predictable latency with real-time KVM, improved network I/O performance with DPDK- accelerated Open vSwitch; and an OpenDaylight networking plugin for customers intending to build a software-defined network.

Red Hat Cloud Suite

Now available, Red Hat Cloud Suite combines the award-winning container application platform OpenShift Enterprise, with a massively scalable cloud infrastructure in the form of Red Hat OpenStack Platform, and a common management framework through Red Hat CloudForms. Red Hat Cloud Suite enables users to accelerate new cloud-based services for private cloud and application development and optimise existing workloads through improved virtualisation and performance. This enables a modern cloud environment where application delivery teams can focus on development, testing, and deployments using modern cloud-based containerised microservice solutions, while maintaining control and visibility. Additional products in Red Hat Cloud Suite bring users further management and infrastructure capabilities, including:

  • A unified management experience; spanning operations and lifecycle management, self-service, and infrastructure monitoring. These powerful management tools provided by Red Hat Satellite cover rolling updates for deployment, configuration, patch and subscription management. A new self-service catalogue extends to cover the lifecycle, operation, and financial management of services that customers deploy.
  • Newly-added infrastructure monitoring with risk management and analytics; proactively collecting infrastructure analytics that enable customers to manage technical risks before they impact operations. Red Hat Insights, a newly-released operations management service, provides these monitoring capabilities spanning Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat CloudForms, and Red Hat Satellite.
  • Integrated application development and portability, enabling users to build and deploy applications in a familiar, open source container application platform environment through OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat. Linux containers built on standard Docker format are dependent on the same operating system kernel, consuming fewer resources and increasing portability. Kubernetes-based container orchestration within Red Hat Cloud Suite also operators to manage their Linux containers as a single system.
  • KVM-based virtualisation platform with the newly updated Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, offering simplified virtual machine-to-virtual machine migrations.
  • Open, massively scalable, software-defined storage with the inclusion of Red Hat Ceph Storage as part of Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8.

¹    IDC, “IDC Forecasts Worldwide Cloud IT Infrastructure Market to Grow 24% Year Over Year in 2015, Driven by Public Cloud Datacenter Expansion,” available at http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25946315 ²    OpenStack User Survey, October 2015, available at https://drive.google.com/a/redhat.com/file/d/0B4vq3W3Lm2-4RWszZlBqVmxfWWs/view

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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CenturyLink receives recognition in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide

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CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has announced it has been positioned by industry analyst firm Gartner, Inc. as a visionary in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, report.

“In the fast-moving cloud market, CenturyLink continues to differentiate in hybrid IT innovation with our advanced cloud services and complementary agile infrastructure, network and managed services,” said Jared Wray, senior vice president, platforms, at CenturyLink. “The velocity of our cloud innovation continues to intensify, with our agile DevOps approach delivering new features and functionality that delight our customers.”

With the recent acquisitions of Orchestrate, Cognilytics and DataGardens, as well as global expansions of its cloud node locations and data centre footprint, CenturyLink continues to advance its managed services, cloud and colocation offerings for enterprises.

Gartner analysts Lydia Leong, Douglas Toombs and Bob Gill authored the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, report, published on May 18, 2015. Evaluation for the report was based on vendors’ completeness of vision and ability to execute.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

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Independent research firm recognises Teradata Integrated Marketing Cloud as a leader in real-time interaction management

Teradata LogoSYDNEY, Australia – Teradata Marketing Applications, a division of Teradata Corp. (NYSE: TDC), the big data analytics and marketing applications company, has announced that Forrester Research, Inc., a leading independent research firm, has recognised Teradata as a Leader in Real-Time Interaction Management (RTIM). RTIM is a key part of the Teradata Integrated Marketing Cloud, and is what allows marketers to deliver relevant, real-time offers and messages across digital or offline channels to best meet the most current needs of each individual customer. The report was released July 29, 2015, as “The Forrester Wave™: Real-Time Interaction Management, Q3 2015,” authored by Rusty Warner, with Srividya Sridharan, Olivia French and Matthew Izzi.

Forrester defines Real-Time Interaction Management as, “Enterprise marketing technology that delivers contextually relevant experiences, value and utility at the appropriate moment in the customer life-cycle via preferred customer touchpoints.”

In the report, Forrester evaluated eleven RTIM vendors against 35 specifically defined criteria. Teradata received the highest scores among all vendors in the “Capabilities” category, and tied for highest score in the “Solution Strategy” category.

Specifically, the report notes Teradata “builds on cross-channel campaign management strengths,” and that it “provides an enterprise-class decision engine for digital and offline execution.” The report also states that Teradata “references praise customer profiles and segmentation, analytics, business rules, and recommendation capabilities,” and states that Teradata “made investments to address digital experience delivery across the retail, travel, hospitality, financial services, and telecommunications sectors.”

Marketers continually seek better ways to deliver more contextually relevant experiences for their customers. And analytics solutions have evolved significantly to where some RTIM solutions, such as Teradata Real-Time Interaction Manager, can leverage data across both digital and offline channels.

“Telenor Denmark is developing an integrated, enterprise approach to planning, developing and managing customer communication across multiple channels, product lines, and business locations. Teradata Real-Time Interaction Manager is enabling us to leverage data in our network, billing and CRM systems to communicate with customers based on real-time events to deliver real-time personalised next-best offers,” said Petr Taborsky, senior director, Customer and Business Intelligence, Telenor Denmark.

“Marketers want and need to deliver individualised messages in a meaningful context. And consumers expect informed, real-time dialogue with brands. Our real-time decisioning makes this possible. I believe that this new report recognises the contributions Teradata is making as a leader in this important category,” said Bob Fair, Teradata Co-President and head of Teradata Marketing Applications.

For a complimentary copy of the Forrester RTIM Wave report, visit the Teradata Marketing Applications website.

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About Teradata
Teradata (NYSE: TDC) helps companies get more value from data than any other company. Teradata’s leading portfolio of big data analytic solutions, integrated marketing applications, and services can help organisations gain a sustainable competitive advantage with data. Visit teradata.com.

Fluke Networks unveils TruView™ Live – a SaaS that adds cloud application monitoring to the industry’s most complete network and application performance management solution

Fluke NetworksMay 21, 2015 – The increasing use of business-critical cloud applications to drive innovation and agile response to emerging opportunities has come at a cost to the enterprises adopting them: a lack of complete visibility into network and application performance, which leads to increased potential for a poor end-user experience. In an effort to overcome this challenge, Fluke Networks has introduced TruView™ Live, a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering that provides real-time monitoring of applications, platforms and infrastructure delivered as a service.

Using TruView Live, IT teams can gain the end-to-end visibility needed to rapidly pinpoint and resolve problems, deliver an optimal end-user experience and ensure their organisations realise the full value of cloud services. TruView Live is the company’s newest addition to its Borderless Enterprise product portfolio.

Eighty-two per cent of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy today, up from 74 per cent in 2014 . As more data and applications move to the cloud, delivering positive end-user experiences has become more difficult—and more expensive. Roughly 60 per cent of availability and performance errors are the result of misconfigurations by IT , and the average network outage costs $7,900 per minute . The loss of control and revenue dictates a new approach to measuring network and application performance that can accommodate applications that reside on premise or in the cloud.

“The popularity of cloud-based applications like Office365 and Salesforce.com, and the emergence of ‘Shadow IT’ mean it’s far more challenging for IT leaders to gain visibility and assert influence over the entire IT infrastructure,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise business unit at Fluke Networks.

“As enterprise IT evolves from a service provider to a value provider, IT organisations have a valuable opportunity to demonstrate their worth by focusing on the end-user experience as a key performance indicator. TruView Live gives IT the ability to do exactly that by bridging the divide between the datacentre and the cloud, giving IT end-to-end visibility of their networks once again.”

The TruView Live approach: In the cloud, for the cloud
As a completely scalable subscription service, TruView Live offers considerable flexibility and ease of use to help IT teams start monitoring their cloud services in just a few minutes. Designed to operate either independently or in conjunction with Fluke Networks’ existing portfolio of network and application performance solutions, TruView Live is easy to install and needs no specialised knowledge or training.

With TruView Live, IT administrators can now:
• Monitor end-to-end availability and performance of networks in real time with a single dashboard
• Receive alerts and set performance thresholds to resolve issues before they become a user issue
• Isolate problems and proactively respond to keep the business productive
• Produce accurate reporting of SaaS performance and SLAs to management as needed

TruView Live gathers information and monitors application availability and performance via an active test sensor called a Pulse. There are three types of Pulse, which can be used in any combination:

TruView Pulse: A small, plug-and-play, active test micro-appliance that connects directly to the network on any Ethernet port. Because of its agentless architecture, system administrators can plug TruView Pulse into wiring closets, subnets, or anywhere in the datacentre itself.

Virtual Pulse: Free, downloadable software for Windows and Linux. Software Pulses enable test commencement in just a few minutes—even on user laptops, which is especially useful for IT administrators when they need immediate real-time monitoring due to a user having problems at a remote location.

Global Pulse: A Pulse hosted in the cloud in several locations worldwide. A Global Pulse has the same monitoring capability of a TruView Pulse or Virtual Pulse and provides an external third-party reference to help triangulate the location of connectivity and performance issues. A Global Pulse can be deployed with the click of a button and requires no software download or hardware deployment.

The convenience of subscription service
TruView Live, like many of the systems it monitors, is a pay-as-you-go service. That means businesses can add to their subscription as their cloud services monitoring needs evolve. Most network administrators are familiar with other proven Fluke Networks products. With TruView Live, they are assured of the same quality when monitoring their cloud services.

TruView Live is available in three service levels, based on the number of cloud services a business desires to monitor. For more product information, pricing, or to start a free trial, visit https://app.truviewlive.com/signup.

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience—even in today’s borderless enterprise. Leading organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com.

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CenturyLink receives recognition in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide

Century Link LogoCenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has announced it has been positioned by industry analyst firm Gartner, Inc. as a visionary in the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, report.

“In the fast-moving cloud market, CenturyLink continues to differentiate in hybrid IT innovation with our advanced cloud services and complementary agile infrastructure, network and managed services,” said Jared Wray, senior vice president, platforms, at CenturyLink. “The velocity of our cloud innovation continues to intensify, with our agile DevOps approach delivering new features and functionality that delight our customers.”

With the recent acquisitions of Orchestrate, Cognilytics and DataGardens, as well as global expansions of its cloud node locations and data centre footprint, CenturyLink continues to advance its managed services, cloud and colocation offerings for enterprises.

Gartner analysts Lydia Leong, Douglas Toombs and Bob Gill authored the Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide, report, published on May 18, 2015. Evaluation for the report was based on vendors’ completeness of vision and ability to execute.

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About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centres in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fibre network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

 

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Fluke Networks introduces Link-Solutions – the adaptable toolset for network connectivity testing, documentation and reporting

Fluke NetworksMarch 11, 2015 – Fluke Networks has unveiled Link-Solutions, a combination of the industry’s most popular network testers and cloud-based reporting, which provides organisations greater flexibility and convenience in how they manage their network connectivity test results. Based on Fluke Networks’ popular LinkRunner and LinkSprinter hand-held network testers, Link-Solutions provides a cohesive way for PC and front-line technicians, field-managed IT teams, system integrators and VARs to conduct copper, fibre and Ethernet tests and then manage their test results – regardless of which testers they used – via a unified cloud-based dashboard. The company also announced the availability of the award-winning LinkSprinter outside North America for the first time.

An adaptable network connectivity testing solution designed to grow with any business
Link-Solutions comprises three products that work together to provide IT organisations unmatched flexibility in how they manage their network connectivity test results. As an organisation’s network becomes more complex, they can use the more sophisticated components of Link-Solutions, which include:

LinkRunner AT Network Tester. One of the industry’s most widely used handheld testers, the LinkRunner AT provides a complete copper and fibre optic network testing solution, including network connectivity at 10M/100M/1G, link status verification, PoE loading, connectivity type and signal strength. LinkRunner also features a one-button AutoTest, which performs a complete set of network connectivity tests for both copper and fibre, and quickly shows the results.

LinkSprinter family of pocket-sized network testers. In addition to the existing DHCP, Gateway and Internet connection confirmations offered by LinkSprinter 100 and 200, Fluke Networks is introducing a new model, the LinkSprinter 300, which measures cable status and length, and can also flash the hub port. One new feature common to both the LinkSprinter and LinkRunner AT devices is buffer size, which has increased to accommodate data from up to 12 test results, rather than the previous maximum of four.

Link-Live Cloud Service. Tying together the test results from both the LinkRunner AT and LinkSprinter, this cloud service provides a unified view of all test results for a project in a single interface. Link-Live Cloud Service offers two subscription levels to suit the specific needs of each organisation – a free “Essentials” service that comes standard with all LinkRunner AT and LinkSprinter tools, and a new “Job Pro” service, which offers an expanded feature set for a subscription fee. The annual fee for the Job Pro service starts at $48 per year (USD) and includes unlimited testing and support for up to 10 testers.

In addition to these new features, Fluke Networks also introduced bundled pricing for Link-Solutions, which offers organisations a discount for buying either a full Link-Solutions kit containing both products, or a set of LinkSprinters in a five- or 10-pack bundle.

“Link-Solutions addresses multiple issues. Whether it’s simply providing a tester priced low enough so every team member can have their own tester, or matching testers to the skill level of each user, Link-Solutions brings unmatched adaptability and affordability to test results management,” said Daryle DeBalski, vice president and general manager of the Enterprise business unit for Fluke Networks. “Our cloud service runs on an intuitive interface that can be accessed from any smart device or computer, allowing users to review, edit and annotate LinkSprinter and LinkRunner AT results in just a few seconds. This is a huge leap in convenience and timesaving for anyone on a jobsite or managing a project – especially when using both tools at the same time.”

Link-Live Job Pro offers sophisticated features for organisations with more complex needs
The Link-Live Job Pro service streamlines test results management and enables organisations to move smoothly from one tool to another:

Reporting and Analytics – Link-Live Pro offers users the ability to generate detailed analytics pages from a combination of LinkSprinter or LinkRunner devices. The reports include graphical representations of test results and are completely customisable, including adding a company logo – an especially useful feature for system integrators and VARs that need to send reports to a client as evidence of a completed job.

Detailed Documentation – Link-Live Pro allows users to attach photos from mobile devices to the test results. Technicians can run tests and take images of a wall jack or an installed device’s serial number – a benefit for installers who need to keep evidence of any completed work.

Simplified Workflow – Link-Live is browser-based, which means organisations need never download a smart phone app. Field technicians can simply use their smart mobile device to capture field data and add it to single or multiple test results as a comment. Comments can be pre-configured and as granular as necessary to provide reference for single or multiple tests.

Project Management – Users can organise test results for each project, based on job sites, specific buildings, a floor location, etc. in advance of starting actual testing. This highly customisable feature means test results can be pre-sorted and auto-filed as they are completed, including any images or comments that need to be associated with a specific test.

Link-Solution products are now available in select countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.Link-Solutions.com for more information.

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About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the world-leading provider of network performance monitoring and diagnostics solutions designed to streamline issue resolution and ensure an optimal end-user experience—even in today’s borderless enterprise. Leading organisations worldwide trust Fluke Networks to help solve their toughest issues and emerging challenges in WLAN security, SaaS, mobility, unified communications and data centres. Based in Everett, Wash., the company distributes products in more than 50 countries. For more information, visit www.FlukeNetworks.com.

For more information, follow Fluke Networks on Twitter @FlukeNetENT, Facebook, or the LinkedIn Company or Group page.

Meru XPress Cloud: A powerful, intuitive, affordable Wi-Fi Solution for small-to-medium enterprises

Wavelink LogoFebruary 11, 2015 – Meru Networks® (NASDAQ: MERU), a leader in intelligent Wi-Fi networking, has announced the availability of Meru XPress Cloud, a controller-less 802.11ac Wi-Fi solution featuring cloud-based management that is purpose-built for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) and distributed enterprises. The XPress Cloud portfolio includes the new Meru XP8i access point, with management software hosted by Meru and delivered through industry-leading, highly-secure data centre providers worldwide. With Meru XPress Cloud, only network management traffic traverses the cloud; all corporate data remains behind the firewall.

“The Meru XPress Cloud Wi-Fi network was incredibly easy to set up compared to the Aruba system we replaced,” said Jeremy Carr, CIO of InQuest Technologies, Inc. “Our wireless LAN has been running great since we made the switch. Access to the XPress Cloud management platform has made it easier than ever to monitor the wireless devices on our network and the performance of each access point.”

Tailor-made for SMEs

SMEs globally account for approximately 95 per cent of private sector firms and employ over two-thirds of workers1, many of whom bring or are issued multiple mobile devices for use in the office. Supporting the increasingly high density of mobile devices in the workplace is a critical business function, not achievable by the consumer-grade Wi-Fi solutions in use by many smaller organisations today.

“Smaller businesses require the same high levels of performance and security that enterprises do, though IT support levels are typically much lower,” said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research. “Meru XPress Cloud is designed to give SMEs enterprise-grade capabilities, with ease-of-use and intuitive management specifically designed to meet their needs.”

Ease of deployment

XPress Cloud is designed to be easily deployed by general office staff with little or no IT experience. Only a PoE-capable Ethernet switch or an optional external power supply, along with a basic Internet connection, are required to have an enterprise-grade wireless network up and running in minutes. The high-performance, two-radio, 2X2, 802.11ac Meru XP8i offers zero-touch provisioning, with automated channel and power selection capabilities enabling instant self-configuration. Meru XPress Cloud also features an integrated captive portal for secure on-boarding of employee and guest devices.

Channel-enabled acquisition and deployment options

XPress Cloud is available through authorised Meru channel partners and features management portal customisation, enabling partner-branded offerings. Meru gives customers two options for the acquisition of XPress Cloud, with XP8i access points available for purchase upfront, or available on a Wi-Fi-as-a-Service (WaaS), subscription basis. Monthly management and monitoring license fees apply.

“We’ve worked closely with small-to-medium enterprises around the world to understand what they need to meet their unique business demands,” said Don Trimble, vice president of SME Cloud Sales at Meru. “These findings, combined with our experience in the design of enterprise-grade WLAN solutions, led to Meru XPress Cloud — a high-performance offering that brings affordability, ease of deployment and scalability to the SME and distributed enterprise markets.”

Availability
XPress Cloud is available now.

For more information on Meru XPress Cloud, please join “Using the Cloud to make it Rain Wi-Fi,” a Meru-hosted webinar, on February 24. Register here: http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=914476&s=1&k=296158A0DD5E24540B57ADE72C619A5D&partnerref=meru6

1OECD Trade Policy Papers No. 165 – Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Global Markets: A Differential Approach for Services? http://www.oecd-ilibrary.org/docserver/download/5jz17jtfkmzt.pdf

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About Meru Networks

Meru Networks (NASDAQ: MERU) is a leader in intelligent 802.11ac Wi-Fi solutions delivering uninterrupted user experience for education, healthcare, hospitality and enterprise. The Meru open-standards-based architecture is designed to enable unified management of wired and wireless networks. Its end-to-end application QoS enables enforceable service-level agreements. Meru provides top performance and high capacity in high-density environments. Visit www.merunetworks.com or call (408) 215-5300 for more information.
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Red Hat upgrades Enterprise Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6

Redhat LogoSydney, Australia – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6, featuring updates designed to serve as the foundation for building OpenStack-powered clouds for enterprise businesses with advanced cloud users, telecommunications companies, Internet service providers (ISPs), and public cloud hosting providers.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform delivers the foundation for a production-ready cloud, integrating Red Hat’s hardened and agile OpenStack technology with the security and stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform sets a new standard for OpenStack deployments, with customers in production in every region, spanning industry verticals and enterprises of various sizes in education, financial services, government, healthcare, retail, and telecommunications.

Building on its innovative co-engineered design, Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 6 strengthens Red Hat’s production-ready cloud platform through advancements in both the Linux and OpenStack components. Interoperability and ease of use continue to be at the forefront, starting with updates to Red Hat’s intuitive graphical installer and management tools that create greater efficiency and reduce the complexities of a cloud deployment.

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