Portworx by Pure Storage teams with IBM to help enterprises manage hybrid cloud workloads

Portworx by Pure Storage to help bring hybrid cloud capabilities to clients in any environment 

Portworx by Pure Storage, a leading provider of Kubernetes Data Services Platforms, has announced that it has teamed up with IBM to help enable OpenShift-based data services to run in hybrid cloud environments with performance, data protection, data security and mobility on IBM Cloud Satellite. IBM Cloud Satellite, now generally available, enables clients to run IBM cloud services on any cloud, on premises, in multicloud environments or at the edge – all delivered as a service. This flexibility will help bring cloud capabilities to where client data resides, in the environment of their choice, while focusing on consistency, user experience, and security.  

With its open architecture, IBM Cloud Satellite builds on IBM’s deep industry expertise and can help enterprises across a variety of industries including telecommunications, healthcare, banking, insurance, travel and transportation, transform into digital-first organisations. The need to modernise mission-critical workloads is intensifying. According to a recent IBM Institute for Business Value report, 74 per cent of CEOs interviewed during the COVID-19 pandemic believe cloud computing will most help their organisation deliver these results over the next two – three years. We see a cornerstone of this transformation is in edge computing. The continued proliferation of edge devices is expected to shift the amount of data that resides at the edge compared to within central data centres. As this transition takes place, IBM Cloud Satellite is designed to bring cloud services to where clients’ data already resides — and help them bridge to where they want to go.    

Portworx by Pure Storage is part of IBM’s ecosystem of partners fueling hybrid cloud environments by helping clients manage and modernise workloads from bare-metal to multicloud and everything in between with Red Hat OpenShift, the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform. IBM Cloud Satellite is engineered to give clients the flexibility to bring their applications to environments where their data resides while leveraging the security of IBM Cloud.1 

IBM Cloud Satellite is designed to help clients address security, privacy and data sovereignty requirements based on their data governance requirements and address the client’s local regulations and compliance obligations by enabling them to deploy and manage applications with consistency for specific markets. IBM Cloud Satellite offers high levels of control over critical data delivered via IBM Cloud – the industry’s most secure and open public cloud for business.1 Moreover, it offers high levels of control over critical data and centralised policies to ease migration. Those cloud services can therefore be co-located with their apps and data. 

Harish Grama, general manager, IBM Cloud, said, “With the pace of cloud adoption accelerating, companies are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud to allow them to innovate more efficiently, while maintaining high levels of security and control. To help facilitate this momentum, IBM is investing $1B in its ecosystem initiative over the next three years to support ecosystem partners and speed the development of platforms such as IBM Cloud Satellite. Collaborating with ecosystem partners like Portworx by Pure Storage can help offer a wider set of clients new ways of bringing IBM Cloud to where their data resides.” 

Portworx provides a uniform data services platform for cloud-native applications running across hybrid cloud Satellite locations. Data encryption of the Portwox data volume is designed to secure data at rest, irrespective of the Satellite location of these volumes whether on-premises or on the cloud. Additionally, Portworx provides high availability and cross-cloud data protection to run mission-critical stateful applications on Kubernetes and OpenShift with the reliability, performance and security associated with a traditional enterprise-class storage solution, as well as the agility, speed and automation you expect for cloud native applications. Customers can purchase Portworx from IBM. 

Murli Thirumale, vice president and general manager, Portworx by Pure Storage, said, “Portworx’s collaboration with IBM on IBM Cloud Satellite recognises the value we place in providing IBM Cloud customers with access to Kubernetes storage, data protection and data security platform solutions, regardless of location. Whether it’s on-premises, the public cloud, or both, Portworx works across data centre environments to enable customers to embrace hybrid cloud for demanding enterprise workloads.”  

For more information on how Portworx provides container and data management for Kubernetes, visit portworx.com/ibm/

1Based on IBM Hyper Protect Crypto Service, the only public-cloud enabled FIPS 140-2 Level 4-certified Hardware Security Module (HSM). FIPS 140-2 Security Level 4 provides the highest level of security defined in this standard. At this security level, the physical security mechanisms provide a comprehensive envelope of protection around the cryptographic module with the intent of detecting and responding to all unauthorised attempts at physical access. 

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About Pure Storage 

Pure Storage (NYSE: PSTG) gives technologists their time back. Pure delivers a modern data experience that empowers organisations to run their operations as a true, automated, storage as-a-service model seamlessly across multiple clouds. One of the fastest-growing enterprise IT companies in history, Pure helps customers put data to use while reducing the complexity and expense of managing the infrastructure behind it. And with a certified customer satisfaction score in the top one percent of B2B companies, Pure’s ever-expanding list of customers are  among the happiest in the world. For more information, visit www.purestorage.com

About Portworx by Pure Storage  

Portworx, acquired by Pure Storage in October 2020, is the container storage company enterprises rely on to manage mission critical data services in containers. By enabling data availability, data security, backup and disaster recovery for Kubernetes-based applications running on-prem or across clouds, Portworx has helped dozens of Global 2000 companies such as Carrefour, Comcast, GE Digital, Lufthansa, T-Mobile, and SAIC run containerised data services in production. Based in Los Altos, Portworx works with Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cisco, Google, IBM, VMware, and other leading enterprise software companies to accelerate container adoption. For more information, visit portworx.com or follow @portwx. 

Analyst Recognition: Pure Storage has been named a Leader in the 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Primary Storage Arrays. Additionally, Portworx was recognized as the leader in GigaOm’s inaugural 2020 Radar Report for Data Storage for Kubernetes 

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Jaguar Racing welcomes Micro Focus as official technical partner to accelerate performance on and off track

  • Jaguar Racing welcomes Micro Focus as its official Digital Transformation, Business Resiliency and Analytics partner 
  • Micro Focus will provide Vertica advanced analytics and machine learning to deliver insights at Jaguar speed and security assessments to ensure cyber resiliency – delivering on a “High Tech, Low Drama” promise  
  • Jaguar Racing returns to electric racing on the 26 and 27 February 2021 on the streets of Diriyah for season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship 

Jaguar Racing has announced that it has partnered with one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers, Micro Focus, ahead of the lights going green on season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 

Joining as the team’s official digital transformation, business resiliency and analytics partner, Micro Focus will provide support to Jaguar Racing’s push for more points, podiums and wins on the racetrack. 

The UK-based software company helps more than 40,000 customers around the world achieve critical outcomes – accelerating delivery, simplifying transformation, strengthening resilience and analysing in time to act – which are key elements of winning both in the boardroom and on the track.  

Initially, Micro Focus will provide technology from its product group, Vertica, which will deliver high-performance advanced analytics and machine learning to ensure the Jaguar team performs at top speed for winning results. 

Micro Focus will also conduct a cyber resilience assessment workshop to help the team identify any potential risks and gaps in their cyber security posture, and it plans to deliver tools and support to help accelerate the team’s software development.  

Micro Focus is the latest partner announced by Jaguar Racing with a leading line-up that includes GKN Automotive, Dow, Viessmann, Castrol and Official Suppliers Alpinestars and DR1VA.  

James Barclay, Jaguar Racing Team Director: We are extremely pleased to be able to reveal Micro Focus – a world leading software provider – are joining Jaguar Racing for season seven of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. With their specialist software knowledge we are excited to work together and achieve great results on track. We are only days out from the lights going green on the first race of the championship and we are eager to achieve success together. 

Eric Varness, Chief Marketing Officer, Micro Focus: “Micro Focus joining forces with Jaguar Racing is a natural alignment of like-minded organisations that share a track record characterised by pragmatism, consistency, and innovation.  Our ‘High Tech, Low Drama’ approach to delivering results will provide a number of synergies, including speed, agility, and insights that will translate to even-better performance all around.  Our 40,000 customers around the globe are excited to learn more about our partnership when we welcome Jaguar Racing’s Team Director, James Barclay to our flagship customer event in March, Micro Focus Universe, as a keynote presenter.”   

Jaguar Racing will return to the streets of Diriyah on 26 and 27 February for the first two rounds of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 



Jaguar returned to racing in October 2016, becoming the first premium manufacturer to join the all-electric ABB FIA Formula E Championship street racing series. In 2019 the team won the Rome E-Prix – Jaguar’s first international motorsport victory since 1991. 

Formula E is a real-world test bed for Jaguar with its Race To Innovate mission in the future of electrification. 

As an official manufacturer team in Formula E, Jaguar Racing designs its own powertrain, which includes the motor, transmission, inverter and rear suspension.  

To control costs the carbon fibre chassis and battery are common components and the same for all twelve teams. This allows the focus to be on developing electric vehicle powertrains which are efficient and lightweight which will improve the performance and range of future Jaguar Land Rover electric vehicles. 

The 2020/21 Formula E season is the first as the all-electric series has been granted full world championship status by the FIA – the sport’s governing body. It will be the third year for the teams to be racing with the futuristic Gen2 race cars. 

Teams have two race cars, one per driver, which will be used for the full race distance. 

Beyond its all-electric concept, Formula E is unique in the world of motorsport for its choice of venues. The championship takes place on temporary street circuits in the centre of the world’s major cities including Santiago, Diriyah, Sanya, Rome, Paris, Monaco, New York and ending in a double-header race weekend in London.   

Mitch Evans finished season six seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and Jaguar Racing finished seventh in the Teams’ Standings with a win in Mexico City, a podium in Santiago and one pole position. He is joined for season seven by British driver Sam Bird, who has won a race in every season of Formula E.  

In season seven the championship is official recognised as a world championship by the governing body the FIA. It will be known as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 


Micro Focus is one of the world’s largest enterprise software providers, delivering mission-critical technology to more than 40,000 customers around the globe. With a broad portfolio underpinned by a deep inventory of advanced analytics, the company helps customers run and transform their business. This enables them to adapt to evolving market conditions and effectively compete in the digital economy over the long term. Micro Focus does this by delivering solutions that bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies to protect IT investments. That is High Tech, Low Drama. 


Vertica is the Unified Analytics Platform, based on a massively scalable architecture with the broadest set of analytical functions spanning event and time series, pattern matching, geospatial, and end-to-end in-database machine learning. Vertica enables many customers – from Philips to The Trade Desk to MassMutual to many others — to easily apply these powerful functions to the largest and most demanding analytical workloads, arming businesses and its customers with predictive business insights faster than any data warehouse in the market. Vertica provides its Unified Analytics Platform across all major public clouds and on-premises data centers and integrates data in cloud object storage. 

Race to Innovate 

Formula E remains a key priority for Jaguar Land Rover and the company’s Destination Zero journey. As the only all-electric world championship, Formula E allows us to test and develop new electric vehicle technologies in a high-performance environment. It continues to be the test-bed for our Race to Innovate mission that will see Race to Road and Road to Race learnings that will help shape our electric future – a future that Jaguar is passionate about, and dedicated to for the benefit of our society, the changing landscape of mobility, sustainability and our customers. 

Y Soft and Paytec establish new partnership to foster commercial growth in Australia and New Zealand

Y Soft Corporation, the leading enterprise workflow solutions provider, has announced a new partnership with software solutions provider, Paytec. Through this partnership, Paytec will sell direct to end customers and offer Y Soft’s solutions through its extensive network of resellers. 

Adam O’Neill, managing director – Australia and New Zealand, Y Soft, said, “Y Soft chose Paytec because of the depth of its expertise in providing print, document and workflow management solutions in Australia and New Zealand across a range of industries. This will open up new market opportunities for  

Y Soft. In addition, Paytec has a strong reputation in Y Soft’s key verticals such as education and legal, which will provide additional growth for Y Soft.” 

Matt Ryan, national channel director, Paytec, said, “Paytec is looking to extend its reach in Australia and New Zealand, particularly into larger commercial deals. Y Soft is strong in this area, with cloud-based solutions that help organisations reduce on-premise infrastructure. This was a key part of what made this partnership so attractive to Paytec. 

“In addition, Y Soft’s strength in education aligns perfectly with Paytec’s customer base in education. Paytec can already see a huge opportunity when it comes to Y Soft’s 3D printing solution, YSoft BE3D eDee and its YSoft BE3D Academy, an online collection of 3D lesson plans designed for educators, which will help Paytec dominate the 3D space in schools and education facilities.” 

Paytec also has its own purpose-built solutions, such as its transaction management solution for cash-free environments, which complement Y Soft’s offerings. This is particularly attractive in vocational institutions and universities that are increasingly demanding cashless printing options, which has only increased since COVID-19. 

Adam O’Neill said, “Overall, this partnership will be a collaboration in which both companies will work closely together and share intellectual property and resources to extend the reach of Y Soft solutions in the region, helping both businesses grow.” 

“Y Soft sees huge potential in partnering with mid-tier organisations that can be flexible and agile in their approach to delivering solutions that work for end customers. Y Soft, in turn, looks to provide ways for partners to maximise their return on the partnership through training, support and specialist expertise.”  


About Paytec 

Paytec provides tailored office technology and workflow solutions that drive operational efficiencies and enable its customers to focus on their primary business. With a relentless commitment to customer satisfaction, Paytec is regarded as an unrivalled provider of best in class software solutions. It leverages industry-leading technology and people to identify and implement innovative solutions that enhance productivity while managing costs. 

About Y Soft 

Y Soft develops intelligent Digital Transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB, and Education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SAFEQ® workflow solutions platform in the cloud and on-premise enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our YSoft BE3D™ 3D print solutions are focused in the Education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SAFEQ software for seamless 3D print management.  

Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe, and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com. 

BayCom Communications partners with NICE inContact to offer World’s No.1 cloud contact centre platform to New Zealand organisations

BayCom customers to gain access to NICE inContact CXone for digital-first omnichannel customer experiences

BayCom Communications, one of New Zealand’s leading technology providers, has announced a partnership with NICE inContact, offering NICE inContact CXone cloud contact centre solution to organisations in New Zealand.

In recent times, organisations globally have been forced to embrace and implement digital transformation strategies to remain relevant and ensure survival. Customer experience is at the forefront of this transformation and digital movement is critical for ensuring companies retain existing customers and develop strategies to attract new customers.

Communicating with customers has evolved from the traditional telephony call centre to omnichannel digital engagements, including webchat, email and social media platforms. NICE inContact CXone provides a scalable and reliable unified cloud contact centre solution to empower organisations to engage with its customers in the channels they prefer.

Steve Bower, general manager, BayCom Communications, said, “BayCom Communications is excited to offer NICE inContact CXone to customers in New Zealand. With our extensive experience in the industry, BayCom has the ability to design, implement and support CXone nationwide, providing organisations with an industry-leading Contact Centre as a Service (CCaaS) solution to deliver on their customer experience strategies.”

Darren Rushworth, APAC president, NICE, said, “NICE inContact is delighted to partner with an organisation focused on and experienced in the contact centre industry in New Zealand. BayCom has a proven track record of customer-focused contact centre deployments, delivering and exceeding the results expected by its customers. The combined experience of BayCom and NICE inContact’s industry-leading CXone platform will help our customers to deliver on their digital transformation strategies, enable work-from-anywhere mode seamlessly, and provide the customer experience expected in today’s digital age and beyond.”

NICE inContact CXone has been named a leader in the CCaaS category by renowned analyst and research firm Forrester Research. According to The Forrester Wave™: Contact-Center-As-A-Service (CCaaS) Providers, Q3 2020 report, CXone is top ranked in the “current offering” and “strategy” categories and received the highest possible score in 29 of the 33 criteria used to evaluate cloud contact centre providers. https://get.niceincontact.com/Q320-Forrester-Wave.html

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About Baycom
BayCom is 100% New Zealand owned and over the past 15 years has evolved into one of New Zealand’s leading technology providers delivering robust, flexible, leading edge and profitable business solutions. Our management team have an outstanding track record within the ICT industry and have developed a fresh approach, methodology and professionalism in delivering technology-based solutions. We have nationwide coverage supporting over a thousand customers with offices in Auckland, Tauranga, Nelson, and Christchurch.

About NICE inContact
NICE inContact works with organisations of all sizes to create extraordinary and trustworthy customer experiences that create deeper brand loyalty and relationships that last. With NICE inContact CXoneTM, the industry’s most complete cloud customer experience platform, we combine best-in-class Customer Analytics, Omnichannel Routing, Workforce Engagement, Automation and Artificial Intelligence, all on an Open Cloud Foundation to help any company transform every single customer interaction. See how our customer-centric expert services, innovative software, extensive ecosystem of valuable partnerships, and over a decade of global experience can help you transform every experience and customer relationship for lasting results. NICE inContact is recognised as a market leader by the leading industry analyst firms. https://au.niceincontact.com/

NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) is the world’s leading provider of both cloud and on-premises enterprise software solutions that empower organisations to make smarter decisions based on advanced analytics of structured and unstructured data. NICE helps organisations of all sizes deliver better customer service, ensure compliance, combat fraud and safeguard citizens. Over 25,000 organisations in more than 150 countries, including over 85 of the Fortune 100 companies, are using NICE solutions. www.nice.com

Trademark Note: NICE and the NICE logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NICE Ltd. All other marks are trademarks of their respective owners. For a full list of NICE’s marks, please see: www.nice.com/nice-trademarks.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements, including the statements by Darren Rushworth, are based on the current beliefs, expectations and assumptions of the management of NICE Ltd. (the “Company”). In some cases, such forward-looking statements can be identified by terms such as “believe,” “expect,” “seek,” “may,” “will,” “intend,” “should,” “project,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “estimate,” or similar words. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results or performance of the Company to differ materially from those described herein, including but not limited to the impact of changes in economic and business conditions, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; competition; successful execution of the Company’s growth strategy; success and growth of the Company’s cloud Software-as-a-Service business; changes in technology and market requirements; decline in demand for the Company’s products; inability to timely develop and introduce new technologies, products and applications; difficulties or delays in absorbing and integrating acquired operations, products, technologies and personnel; loss of market share; an inability to maintain certain marketing and distribution arrangements; the Company’s dependency on third-party cloud computing platform providers, hosting facilities and service partners; cyber security attacks or other security breaches against the Company; the effect of newly enacted or modified laws, regulation or standards on the Company and our products and various other factors and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). For a more detailed description of the risk factors and uncertainties affecting the company, refer to the Company’s reports filed from time to time with the SEC, including the Company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise them, except as required by law.

Y Soft and Brother NZ partner to bring print management innovations to New Zealand businesses

Y Soft Corporation, the leading enterprise workflow solutions provider, and Brother International (NZ) Limited (Brother), announced today that they have formalised a partnership to offer YSoft SAFEQâ to businesses in New Zealand. 

 Through the partnership, Brother will offer YSoft SAFEQ as an embedded solution on Brother multifunction devices, providing organisations with centralised management of their print and document capture services. Customers using Brother multifunction devices will be able to choose YSoft SAFEQ print management features, automated scan workflow features or a combination of the two. 

 Adam O’Neill, managing director – Australia and New Zealand, Y Soft, said, “Partnering with Brother will offer businesses of all sizes, including large enterprises, additional value by being able to leverage the technology and expertise of both organisations in one place. Y Soft is continually innovating to address customer’s demands in a tough operating environment and to add additional value to the customer’s business. We look forward to extending these to the New Zealand market through the Brother partnership. 

 Brother was recently appointed a Konica Minolta distributor, and is in a unique position to offer YSoftSAFEQ on Konica Minolta Acolour laser, multifunction devices alongside Brother’s existing line-up of A3 and A4 devices as part of its managed print services solution.  

 Jared Quartermancorporate sales managerBrother, said, “The partnership with Y Soft enhances our market offering and broadens our Managed Print Services capabilities. With YSoft SAFEQ, customers can look forward to increased productivity, reduced costs and improved document security, which is always a key consideration for businesses implementing new technology. With digital transformation initiatives rapidly accelerated by the implications of COVID-19printing transformation is a critical part of this journey.” 

 The partnership is backed by Brother’s dedicated Technical Services teams, who are trained to deploy and support the solution. 


  About Y Soft 

Y Soft develops intelligent Digital Transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB, and Education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SAFEQ® workflow solutions platform in the cloud and on-premise enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our YSoft BE3D™ 3D print solutions are focused in the Education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SAFEQ software for seamless 3D print management.   

Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe, and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com. 

Acclimation signs partnership with Gekkobrain to help customers build resilience in their SAP environment

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Acclimation, a Melbourne-based software and services provider, has signed a strategic partnership with Gekkobrain, a Denmark- and Silicon Valley-based automated SAP HANA migration software provider, to help organisations optimise their business processes on the path to a S/4HANA upgrade.

In the current economic environment, organisations are looking for ways to build resilience and make their SAP investment as robust and secure as possible. Automation is a key part of optimisation so in order to provide customers with the most effective and streamlined experience, Acclimation chose to partner with Gekkobrain.

As a visionary in the SAP automation space, Gekkobrain’s solution helps projects finish faster and at a lower cost. Its full stack of machine learning-based SAP business process mining (FLOWS), SAP customer code quality optimisation, and automatic HANA code remediation leads to a seamless integration that is also more effective at providing transparency and better performance.

Frank Magliozzi, technology practice manager, Acclimation, said, “Acclimation’s partnership with Gekkobrain lets it provide organisations with a more automated way to build greater resilience in their SAP environment as well as prepare the environment for the transition to S/4HANA or Suite on HANA (SoH). There is no better time to invest in business-critical systems, such as SAP, by removing old, unknown, undocumented, and non-compliant ABAP code to help ensure the continuity of business operations.”

Jens Strandbygaard, CEO, Gekkobrain, said, “Gekkobrain sees Acclimation as a top-tier SAP services provider, which has already successfully delivered an S/4HANA migration project in record time using Gekkobrain’s software. Together, Acclimation and Gekkobrain are in a unique position to deliver many successful S/4HANA and cloud migration projects on time and within budget to customers in the APAC region.”



About Gekkobrain
Gekkobrain provides software services that let SAP customers understand and optimise their business processes and custom code. Gekkobrain’s tools are popular for customers planning their move to or migrating to S/4HANA as they provide detailed insight into business processes to limit the migration scope and automate code remediation. See also https://gekkobrain.com/

About Acclimation
Acclimation is a Melbourne-based, privately owned software and services consulting firm with offices in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Singapore. Founded in 2008, Acclimation is an SAP Software and Services Gold Partner with a certification as PCoE (Partner Centre of Expertise), letting it provide SAP enterprise support services to SAP customers. See also https://www.acclimation.com/au/.

Empired signs strategic partnership with Informatica to strengthen data management and governance offering in Australia and New Zealand

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Empired has announced a strategic relationship with Informatica to strengthen its data management and governance offering in Australia and New Zealand.

As Microsoft Gold partner in Data & AI, Empired was looking for a complementary partner in the data management space that could add to its offering, particularly around Microsoft Azure. Informatica was recently named Microsoft Global Analytics Partner of the year, demonstrating its depth of integration with Microsoft’s cloud platform, and making it a perfect fit for Empired. It was also recently named a leader in data quality in the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

Travis Barker, General Manager, Market Development – Data & AI for Empired, said, “Data management is an area of growing interest and importance to our customers. Prior to, and now because of COVID-19, data management is a getting increasing attention from organisations looking to understand and control their data estate. Organisations want to be able to wrap their arms around that data wherever it resides, protecting customer privacy from increasing cyber-security threats, for example.”

In addition, there is increasing regulation in this space with the introduction of a Consumer Data Right (CDR) in Australia in July 2020 and amendments being made to the New Zealand Privacy Act, which are due to come into effect in December 2020, all being driven by Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is leading regulation in the market globally.

Informatica’s data management solutions and pre-built Microsoft connectivity automates the process of migrating a wide variety of data workloads to Azure Synapse and Azure SQL Database.

Travis Barker said, “Empired was looking for a data management platform that would complement the Azure stack and strengthen our Microsoft-centric Data & AI proposition for customers. Informatica’s range of solutions fits nicely with Azure and demonstrates how closely it works with Microsoft in developing capabilities, which is a definite plus for Empired.”

The relationship will help strengthen Informatica’s own Azure offering by adding a key Microsoft partner across Australia and New Zealand.

Richard Scott, managing director – Australia & New Zealand, Informatica, said, “Informatica is excited about this new relationship with Empired covering both the Australian and New Zealand markets. Empired has a longstanding relationship with Microsoft and a strong track record of helping customers. This will help us to grow our joint enterprise cloud data management customer reach and scale our business with Microsoft Azure.”

Mike Girdis, Director of Partner Development, Microsoft Australia, said, “Microsoft supports its Gold Azure partners like Empired working closely with Global ISV’s such as Informatica, Microsoft Data Analytics partner of the year, to deliver better quality outcomes for our collective customers.”

Travis Barker said, “With this partnership, Empired will be able to add value for customers by strengthening conversations around data management and compliance. In the current business environment, it has never been more important for organisations to have a trusted partner that can help them protect their customer data, no matter where it resides. Organisations that take data management to the next level will gain a business advantage over their competitors that will help ensure the future of their business.”


About Empired
Empired Limited is an IT Services provider with a broad range of capabilities targeted at delivering enterprise IT solutions that improve efficiency, productivity and competitive advantage for our clients. Our clients are medium to large corporate and government organisations within key industries including Energy and Natural Resources, State and Federal Government, Finance and insurance, Utilities and Transport.

We offer a broad range of services from managed services to digital transformation. Together they provide a breadth of service and expertise not seen in other consultancies of similar pedigree allowing Empired to deliver ‘end to-end’ business solutions that assist our customers in driving their key business outcomes.

With a team of over 1,000 people located throughout Australia, New Zealand and North America, Empired has built a reputation for service excellence. This combined with our strategy that is underpinned by initiative, innovation and growth ensures that in a dynamic and rapidly growing technology market place Empired is strongly positioned to capture market share and continue to build on its success.

Fortinet and NEC partner to deliver managed cloud VPN to meet modern workforce demands

Agile remote access solution leverages Fortinet FortiGate to provide virtual private network (VPN) capabilities at scale to support distributed workforces 

Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, has announced it has partnered with NEC Australia to offer a managed cloud virtual private network (VPN) to meet the demands of the modern, distributed workforce. 

When organisations across Australia had to rapidly provision their workforces to work from home, infrastructure and security gaps created barriers to a seamless transition. Many organisations implemented workarounds which are now steadily being replaced with future-proof solutions that strike a balance between facilitating connectivity to mission-critical business systems and securing these systems and corporate networks against cyberbreaches. 

Even as some organisations are returning to work in the office, further restrictions or even lockdowns are possible as COVID-19 resurges. The traditional office-based work environment is unlikely to ever become the norm again. Instead, distributed workforces will proliferate. This will let organisations flex to allow people to work from home or in the office as needed and according to social distancing requirements.  

The distributed workforce model, proven to be successful during COVID-19, may also solve workforce challenges such as skills shortages. Organisations now realise that, with location no longer a factor, they can recruit team members from anywhere in the country or the world, opening access to a far larger talent pool.  

However, working from home can create challenges around managing costs, and gaining control and visibility over devices and systems. The most common solution is a VPN; however, these are typically designed for low-volume use and are complex, requiring manual management.  

NEC and Fortinet have partnered to solve these challenges with a dynamic secure remote access service. With optimised VPN performance and enhanced user experience, organisations can deploy the solution using their preferred cloud provider: Microsoft Azure or Amazon Web Services. The service accommodates low and high volumes of users with flexible service configurations.  

Jon McGettigan, regional director, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, Fortinet, said, “The modern distributed workforce means organisations must provide secure, remote access to mission-critical systems. Access needs to be reliable and deliver a seamless user experience, and security needs to be strong. The solution must also be scalable without increasing costs. Fortinet has partnered with NEC to deliver a managed cloud VPN system that meets all of these demands and more. Combining NEC’s proven security capabilities with the robustness of Fortinet FortiGate has resulted in a solution that will deliver exceptional outcomes for our customers.” 

Nick Route, national cyber security solutions manager, NEC, said, The business environment will never be the same again and it’s important for organisations to seize this opportunity to modernise their workforce and deliver flexible, agile ways of working. This will help organisations improve productivity and growth, with the ability to scale their environment, enable their workforces, and manage costs effectively.  

Working with Fortinet, NEC has developed a solution that ticks all of these boxes and empowers businesses to embrace a distributed workforce without compromising security and efficiency.”  

Flexible pricing and a monthly subscription model mean that organisations adopting the NEC managed cloud VPN may be able to reduce their infrastructure costs while improving access and security simultaneously. With flexibility to transfer existing Fortinet licences into this solution, and simplified pricing and service arrangements, managed cloud VPN approach will help address existing business challenges and future-proof the organisation.  

Key benefits 

The NEC managed cloud VPN solution includes: 

  • Improved user access and experienceenterprises can quickly scale up and down to support business continuity and distributed workforces with a reliable, monitored access solution 
  • Secure accessproven VPN gateway technology from Fortinet secures access to cloud and on-premise systems.  
  • Reduced costs: no infrastructure is required and VPN gateways can be switched on and off as required, including outside business hours, to further reduce costs.  
  • Comprehensive support: skilled security experts are available to ensure your connectivity is maintained and correctly configured.  

The NEC managed cloud VPN solution powered by Fortinet is available now.  

About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 455,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs. 

Forescout and Arista Networks join forces to deliver Zero Trust security

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Partnership and integration of best-of-breed technologies deliver comprehensive device visibility and enforcement across heterogeneous networks.

Forescout Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSCT), the world leader in device visibility and control, has announced a strategic partnership with Arista Networks, an industry leader in software-driven cloud networking solutions for large datacentre and campus environments, to reduce cybersecurity risks brought on by explosive growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, increased network complexity and propagation of malware. The partnership includes the development of a unique open ecosystem that embeds security within the network fabric and delivers full visibility and enforcement of critical enterprise assets.

“Forescout and Arista are transforming network security with policy-driven segmentation and least privilege access across Arista and heterogeneous environments without proprietary vendor lock-in,” said Pedro Abreu, chief product and strategy officer, Forescout. “This is a natural and organic partnership where, together, we will provide Zero Trust security and compliance from device to network with visibility, analytics and automation.”

Through this new collaboration, Forescout integrates directly to and is certified on Arista’s switches and wireless infrastructure, including the new line of Arista Cognitive Campus PoE switches. Forescout also supports Arista’s network-wide workload orchestration and workflow automation solution CloudVision. Further, co-innovation is underway in the context of a Zero Trust architecture to identify IoT devices and ensure they are assigned to specific segments to reduce risk and prevent anomalous behaviour.

“The exponential growth and diversity of non-traditional devices on enterprise networks has drastically increased the attack surface. While these devices provide rich data, improve productivity, and create new services, cyber criminals are exploiting them as an entryway to deploy ransomware attacks and other threats that can have a severe impact on operations,” said Robyn Westervelt, research director, security & trust, IDC. “We see access enforcement and network segmentation as critical defences to manage IoT security risk.”

With the proliferation of IoT devices, the need for Zero Trust security is increasingly critical to contain outbreaks and control access. The integration of Forescout’s device visibility and control platform with Arista’s software-defined networking (SDN) architecture will address these challenges at enterprise scale and deliver complete visibility, threat detection, and dynamic segmentation.

“Forescout has proven holistic device visibility and control in today’s dynamic IoT environments in multivendor networks,” said Anshul Sadana, chief operating officer, Arista Networks. “Network speed and resilience need the active security defence that Forescout’s agentless solution provides.”

Customers can now benefit from the partnership and technology integration.

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Additional resources
· Forescout and Arista Solution Brief: Reduce costs and manage risks with integrated network access control and intelligent infrastructure
· Forescout and Arista Partnership Video: Better Together RSA Interview
· Forescout and Arista Webinar: The Future of Network Performance, Security and Management Efficiency

About Forescout
Forescout Technologies, Inc. provides security at first sight. Our company delivers device visibility and control to enable enterprises and government agencies to gain complete situational awareness of their environment and orchestrate action. Learn more at www.forescout.com.

© 2020 Forescout Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved. Forescout Technologies, Inc. is a Delaware corporation. A list of our trademarks and patents can be found at https://www.forescout.com/company/legal/intellectual-property-patents-trademarks. Other brands, products, or service names may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.


Acclimation signs reseller and managed services partnership with Protect4S

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With the security of companies intellectual property and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems being at higher risk than ever before, Acclimation, a Melbourne-based software and services provider, has signed a partnership with Protect4S. Protect4S is a certified SAP platform security solution that, alongside Acclimation, will deliver cutting-edge SAP security services across Australia and New Zealand.

Acclimation is an SAP solution and consulting firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Singapore. As an Australian SAP Gold Partner with an extensive SAP customer base, partnering with Protect4S is a huge step for organisations’ SAP security in this region. For Acclimation customers, Protect4S can structurally improve the security of their SAP systems and provide ongoing continuous protection.

Protect4S software helps improve SAP security posture by automating many processes and guiding additional actions via clear dashboards, task lists and reports. The periodic scans use more than 1,500 checks and that number is constantly growing. Protect4S hardens SAP systems continuously on all relevant layers of operating system, database and application.

Cameron Sherrard, managing partner, Acclimation, said, “Due to increasing cybersecurity risks, more demands are placed on the security of SAP systems. As an SAP service provider, Acclimation offers customers the best SAP security available to harden their business-critical SAP assets. Acclimation chose Protect4S because it has a proven SAP-certified solution and provides automated SAP security scanning and recommendations for mitigation planning.”

Onno Coenen, global commercial lead, Protect4S, said, “Protect4S is very pleased to sign Acclimation as its first SAP managed services partner for Australia and New Zealand. Acclimation has a strong SAP support and consultancy footprint in this region, and, with the Protect4S software, it can now secure the SAP systems of its customers even better.”


About Acclimation
Acclimation is a Melbourne-based, privately owned software and services consulting firm with offices in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Singapore. Founded in 2008, Acclimation is an SAP Software and Services Gold Partner with a certification as PCoE (Partner Centre of Expertise), letting it provide SAP enterprise support services to SAP customers. See also https://www.acclimation.com/au/

About Protect4S
Protect4S is a certified SAP Platform Security solution that enables SAP security automation and continuous improvement by a repeated process of: Scanning – Analysis – Mitigation. This is executed on all relevant layers of Operating System, Database and Application. Founded in 2010 in The Netherlands, Protect4S is operational worldwide with customers and partners all over the world. See also https://protect4s.com/