Flexiant Launches Kubernetes Orchestration as a Service

Get Kubernetes on any cloud, in minutes with Flexiant Concerto

London, UK – December 9, 2015 – Kubernetes is a powerful tool to manage a cluster of Linux containers as a single system to accelerate Dev and simplify Ops. Today Flexiant launches Kubernetes Orchestration as a Service (KOaaS). Enabling DevOps to use Kubernetes on any cloud, in minutes, Flexiant Concerto lets you get creative without any pain.

Launch a Kubernetes Cluster in Three Steps
Launch a cluster in three simple steps either via the Flexiant Concerto GUI or CLI, saving time and effort, allowing activity to be focused on the creative side of Kubernetes.

Use Any Cloud, Avoiding Cloud Lock-In
Deploy a master or node on any cloud provider by simply specifying which cloud the workload should be deployed on when creating the VM in Flexiant Concerto. The rest of the process is fully automated.

Publically Expose Services on a Kubernetes Cluster
Save time and complexity when publicly exposing a Kubernetes Cluster. Automatically install a load balancer on every node and allocate a Fully Qualified Domain Name to the group of load balancers, automatically exposing the services running on a cluster to the Internet with Flexiant Concerto.

Setting up Networking within the Cluster
Concerto’s in-built integration with Weave quickly and simply gives SDN connectivity needed for intra-cluster communication. This removes the complexity associated with setting it up and saves time.

Secure Access to Manage via CLI, GUI or API
Consume all Kubernetes functionality via the Flexiant Concerto UI over HTTPS, or via the Kubectl CLI wrapper/API with built-in X.509 certification. Secure access is automatically applied. Moreover Kubernetes clusters set up in Concerto have firewall policies in place to maximize security – only Kubernetes services and Kubernetes and Docker API end points are open, giving all required security of access out of the box.

Minimize Latency for Services on a Cluster
The built-in GeoDNS service in Flexiant Concerto automatically load balances traffic across nodes in different geographies according to the location of the user, keeping latency to an absolute minimum.

Marco Meinardi, VP Product at Flexiant said, “We are Kubernetes enthusiasts with the aim of helping developers get started easily with Kubernetes, build highly scalable microservices or distributed application stacks. Kubernetes Orchestration as a Service allows developers to get Kubernetes on any cloud, easily. The result is more time to focus on the creative side of Kubernetes.”

To get Kubernetes as a Service, sign up here: https://start.concerto.io/accounts/sign_up and enter promo code FLEXK8S for 10 free VMs. Once signed up, simply go to Settings -> Account and click to enable beta features. Find out what else Kubernetes as a Service offers here: https://www.flexiant.com/2015/12/09/flexiant-kubernetes-orchestration-as-a-service

About Flexiant
Flexiant provides solutions aimed solely at helping service providers capture the cloud market opportunity. Its portfolio of solutions includes Flexiant Cloud Orchestrator and Flexiant Concerto. Since 2009 Flexiant has armed service providers with the solutions necessary to launch revenue generating cloud services quickly and easily.

Flexiant has been named a Gartner Cool Vendor in Cloud Management and received the Info-Tech Research Group Trendsetter Award for two consecutive years. Flexiant is a Gold Parallels Partner and a Dell certified technology partner. Customers include Brinkster, Acens part of Telefonica Group, FailProof Technology and ThinkGrid Ceano, part of Colt Telecom. Flexiant is also a key participant in the EU’s Horizon 2020 program. For more information visit www.flexiant.com.

Employee Holiday Gift Shopping on Company-Issued & “BYOD” Devices Could Create Data Security Risks for Enterprises

Flexera Software report reveals that popular shopping apps, including Amazon, Disney Store and eBay can access iOS devices’ contacts, calendar, location and social networking apps

Maidenhead, U.K. – December 8, 2015. Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, released a new enterprise Application Readiness report detailing potential risks to enterprises whose employees use popular Apple iOS apps (downloadable from the public App Store) to conduct holiday shopping on company-issued or “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) phones.

The report found, among other things, that of the 26 popular Apple iOS shopping apps tested:

  • 92 percent – all except for Banana Republic and Trunk Club – are capable of accessing an Apple iOS device’s GPS location tracking service.
  • 69 percent, including Amazon, Disney Store, eBay, Groupon, Macy’s, Nordstrom, REI, Shutterfly, Starbucks and Target, are capable of accessing an Apple iOS device’s social media apps.
  • 65 percent, including Amazon, Best Buy, Disney Store, eBay, Macy’s, REI, Starbucks, Target and Walmart are able to gain access to an iOS device’s address book.
  • 58 percent, including Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Groupon, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Shutterfly and Walmart are able to gain access to the iOS device’s SMS messaging features.

The ability of employee-downloaded apps to access sensitive corporate data and device functions could present a potential risk to enterprises and violate their BYOD policies. Examples of these risks are playing out in the headlines, including the instance of a popular flashlight app that transmitted user locations and device identifiers to ad networks; or a mobile device game app that, unbeknownst to a Federal employee playing it, tweeted out an embarrassing message to the EPA’s 52,000 Twitter followers (the organisation’s Twitter account, not the employee’s, was tied to the device).

To compile the report, Flexera Software identified 26 popular shopping apps,[1] representing a small sampling of the thousands of shopping apps that can be found in the Apple App Store and that could easily be downloaded by employees to a corporate-issued or BYOD device. These apps were tested using AdminStudio Mobile, an Application Readiness solution that helps organisations identify, manage, track and report on mobile apps, simplify mobile application management, reduce mobile app risk and address the rapidly growing demand for mobile apps in the enterprise.

“Most organisations have standardised Application Readiness processes to test enterprise apps for potential deployment problems and risks, but when it comes to understanding and testing mobile apps, we’re still in ‘the wild west.’ IT Operations teams largely do not understand what mobile apps do and what functionality and data they can access – and this makes it extremely difficult to create and enforce effective BYOD policies,” said Maureen Polte, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software. “If employees are using corporate or BYOD devices for holiday shopping, it’s critical that IT Operations and security professionals understand which apps employees are using, what features, functions and data those apps can access – and whether that use is in compliance with the organisation’s BYOD policy.”

[1] The apps tested were: Amazon, BestBuy, Banana Republic, Disney Store, eBay, Etsy, Express, Gap, Groupon, Ikea, LivingSocial, Macy’s, Nordstom, PriceJump, RedLaser, REI, RetailMeNot, Rue La La, Shop Advisor, Shop Savvy, ShopStyle, ShutterFly, Starbucks, Target, Trunk Club, Walmart

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Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and security, enhancing the value they derive from their software. Our software licensing, compliance, cybersecurity and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimised software investments, and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. A marketplace leader for more than 25 years, 80,000+ customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source of knowledge and expertise, and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products. For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com.

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RiskIQ Makes Facebook ThreatExchange Data Accessible within PassiveTotal

SAN FRANCISCO, USA & LONDON, UK, Dec. 2, 2015 – RiskIQ, the leading security company defending organisations from threats beyond the perimeter, today announced that its PassiveTotal threat infrastructure analysis product will provide a visual front end for Facebook’s ThreatExchange. With this integration, RiskIQ customers have the option to centralise data from ThreatExchange alongside critical data sets such as passive DNS, WHOIS, and SSL Certificates within PassiveTotal to accelerate security investigations and automate the sharing of findings with the community.

“Sharing threat intelligence, whether it’s private sharing of attack campaigns, long-form reports on threat actors or just public lists of indicators, is the most effective way for organisations to pre-empt and protect themselves from attacks,” said Elias Manousos, CEO of RiskIQ. “We believe the process of sharing should occur without friction and that’s why we’ve added full integration of Facebook’s ThreatExchange within the PassiveTotal platform. We are also sharing data from RiskIQ researchers with ThreatExchange to further arm the community with actionable intelligence.”

To automate intelligence sharing with the ThreatExchange community, PassiveTotal allows users to set global controls on how, with whom and what data is shared. Once the initial configuration is complete, users can simply begin searching within PassiveTotal much like they normally would. When data related to a search is found within ThreatExchange, PassiveTotal will display a tab and show the specific data along with who submitted it into the exchange. Additionally, when available, PassiveTotal will automatically extract details such as tags or the status of an indicator, including malicious, suspicious, etc.

For real-time sharing, PassiveTotal can be configured to automatically add findings to ThreatExchange as investigations are being conducted. For example, a group of individuals that know and trust each other can instantly work as an ad-hoc team to help protect their peers’ organisations while they are protecting their own company. The addition of ThreatExchange to the PassiveTotal platform can facilitate larger, inter-company intelligence sharing efforts that previously would only be performed through email, if at all.

Availability
PassiveTotal with ThreatExchange integration is available immediately. RiskIQ threat data is publicly available in ThreatExchange under a TLP GREEN designation.

About RiskIQ
RiskIQ provides organisations the visibility and intelligence they need to secure their Enterprise Digital Footprint and to map their Adversaries’ infrastructure. RiskIQ products, powered by a global proxy network, virtual user technology and threat analysis engine, allow organisations to get an actionable and timely picture of both their own and their adversaries infrastructure to proactively defend against threats targeting their websites, mobile applications, brands, customers, and employees. Leading financial institutions, insurance providers and consumer as well as B2B brands use RiskIQ to protect themselves and their users from code level threats, malware, phishing, social media attacks and fraud. RiskIQ is headquartered in San Francisco and backed by growth equity firms Summit Partners and Battery Ventures. To learn more about RiskIQ, visit http://www.riskiq.com/.

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PAREXEL Launches IMPACT® Express Clinical Trial Management System

London, 1 December, 2015 — PAREXEL International Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXL), a leading global biopharmaceutical services provider, today introduced IMPACT® Express Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS). IMPACT Express provides a quick-to-implement, cost-effective clinical trial management solution to simplify clinical trial management and monitoring for small to mid-sized biopharmaceutical companies.

Clinical trials are the most expensive component of the drug development process. Use of a single, unified clinical trial management system plays a vital role in helping biopharmaceutical companies’ plan, track, record, and oversee the complex array of administrative, financial, site-related, and other activities that are critical for the efficient monitoring and management of clinical trials.

“PAREXEL developed IMPACT Express for biopharmaceutical and biotech companies in need of a scalable, rapid-to-deploy and cost-effective CTMS option to intelligently manage the complexities of clinical trials,” said Patrick Nadolny, Vice President of Product Management, Data and Analytics Services, PAREXEL Informatics. “By applying a process-driven approach to trial management and monitoring, biopharma companies will be better able to save time – and money – while simplifying their drug development journey.”

IMPACT Express draws on PAREXEL Informatics’ commitment to operational excellence and 20+ years of investment in CTMS innovations and process improvements coupled with the feedback and hands-on experiences of users around the world. Biopharmaceutical, medical device and research organisations of all sizes have used PAREXEL’s CTMS solutions to manage more than 25,000 trials.

About PAREXEL International
PAREXEL International Corporation is a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, providing a broad range of expertise-based contract research, consulting, medical communications, and technology solutions and services to the worldwide pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device industries. Committed to providing solutions that expedite time-to-market and peak-market penetration, PAREXEL has developed significant expertise across the development and commercialization continuum, from drug development and regulatory consulting to clinical pharmacology, clinical trials management, medical education and reimbursement. PAREXEL Informatics provides advanced technology solutions, including medical imaging, to facilitate the clinical development process. Headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts, PAREXEL has offices in 80 locations in 51 countries around the world, and had approximately 18,620 employees in the first quarter. For more information about PAREXEL International visit http://www.parexel.com/.

PAREXEL, PAREXEL Informatics, and IMPACT are trademarks or registered trademarks of PAREXEL International Corporation or its affiliates.

This release contains “forward-looking” statements regarding future results and events. For this purpose, any statements contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed forward-looking statements. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “appears,” “estimates,” “projects,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “targets,” and similar expressions are also intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this release involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such factors and others are discussed in the section entitled “Risk Factors” of the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which “Risk Factors” discussion is incorporated by reference in this press release. The Company specifically disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements in the future. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Application Producers Are “Climate Change Deniers” According to New Flexera Software Report

Maidenhead, U.K., December 1, 2015 – Application producers are ignoring clear market signals that the business climate is changing, and are failing to automate business-critical Software Monetisation processes in order to prevent revenue leakage and maximise profits. 58 percent or respondents develop and maintain their own entitlement management systems (sometimes in conjunction with another solution). Similarly, 61 percent of producers have not adopted best-in-class licensing technology for all of their needs. Rather, they develop and maintain their own licensing systems in house.

These are the findings of a new survey report by Flexera Software, which clearly reveals that producers are aware of rapid change impacting their ability to make money from their software products, but they’re not adopting automated licensing and entitlement management systems that would protect them from those changes and enable them to be more agile, and grow revenues and profits.

In the software industry, specialised commercial Software Monetisation solutions help producers automate, manage and track customers’ use rights and the software license lifecycle—the front and back-offices. These systems automate software license management and back-office operations (entitlement management) and are specifically designed to help producers adapt to technology changes and build flexibility into their business models. However, only 23 percent, use a purpose-built third party commercial entitlement management system, 22 percent do nothing, and 19 percent use a proprietary, custom extension of their ERP/CRM system. For licence management automation, 17 percent do nothing, and only slightly more than a third – 35 percent – use a purpose-built commercial licensing technology.

Signs of Changes in the Business Climate Abound
Nevertheless, according to the report, producers are aware that rapid technology changes are impacting the business climate, creating opportunity and risk:

  • Internet of Things (IoT) Opportunity For Producers That Can Adapt: 32 percent of producers said that today the IoT is having a high impact on customer satisfaction. Within 12-24 months, 16 percent say that the IoT will have a high impact on supporting new business models – meaning producers must adapt their businesses to capture the revenues and profits promised from the IoT – a proposition also supported by a recent Gartner report.
  • Cloud, Virtualisation & Mobile Impact Security Concerns: 38 percent of respondents said the cloud has a high impact on security concerns. 29 percent say that virtualisation has a high impact on security concerns. And 33 percent say mobile computing has a high impact on security concerns.
  • Customers Want to Buy Software Differently: Within two years, the number of producers who claim all their revenues are derived from a perpetual software license model will be nearly cut in half from 26% to 14%, and the number of producers who say half or more of their software revenues come from SaaS-based software subscriptions will rise significantly from 14 to 21%

Business Climate Changes Are Impacting the Bottom Line
Even while producers clearly understand the extent and breadth of the changes in the technology climate impacting their businesses – the survey suggests they haven’t yet widely built sufficient agility and flexibility into their businesses to adapt:

  • Producers Experiencing Massive Revenue Leakage: One measure of whether producers are effectively battling the impacts of business climate change is whether or not they are actually able to identify and recoup all the revenues due to them in accordance with their software license agreements. According to the report, software license non-compliance is rampant. 63 percent of producers say that customers are out of compliance – they’re using software beyond what they’re entitled to use.
  • Producers Unable to Optimise the Customer Experience: 58 percent of producers report difficulty enabling customers to manage their own software entitlements. 38 percent find it difficult to quickly package and bundle features to create different product versions in order to accommodate changing market needs or unique customer demands. And 33 percent find it difficult to support “try-and-by,” trial and/or evaluation licensing.

“Application producers lag far behind non-software industry counterparts that have long since automated critical operations with ERP, CRM and other mission critical systems. Many producers wrongly assume that because their ranks include software engineers and programmers, they can easily develop their own licensing and entitlement management systems in house,” said Mathieu Baissac, Vice President of Product Management at Flexera Software. “But Software Monetisation is a highly specialised field that is constantly changing, which makes it virtually impossible for non-licensing and monetisation experts to adapt and scale as the business climate changes. The result, as the report findings illustrate, is that most producers are leaving money on the table because they aren’t sufficiently agile and the customer experience is being negatively impacted.”

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About This Report
This report is based on the 2015 Application Usage and Value survey, conducted by Flexera Software. The surveys were completed between November, 2014 and January, 2015, by more than 580 respondents from software vendors, intelligent device manufacturers and end-user enterprises. This annual research project looks at software licensing, compliance and installation trends and best practices.

About Flexera Software
Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and security, enhancing the value they derive from their software. Our software licensing, compliance, cybersecurity and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimised software investments, and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. A marketplace leader for more than 25 years, 80,000+ customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source of knowledge and expertise, and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products. For more information, please go to: http://www.flexerasoftware.com/.

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© 2015 Flexera Software LLC. All other brand and product names mentioned herein may be the trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective owners.

xMatters enhances its Public Sector focus and secures accreditation as a G-Cloud Supplier

London, UK. – 1 December 2015 – xMatters, inc., a leader in communication-enabled business processes, has received accreditation from the Crown Commercial Service to trade on G-Cloud 7 in the UK’s Digital Marketplace. It can be found under the ‘Software As A Service’ Lot in the procurement framework, which went live on 23 November.

xMatters’ intelligent cloud communications technology automates communication processes, improves efficiency and reduces the amount of ‘noise’ that people are influenced by during a range of scenarios. For example, it improves communication during everything from IT incidents to civil unrest to operations of public facilities.

xMatters’ cloud-based platform can be applied across any scenario where communication processes need to be interpreted and automated to improve the speed and efficiency of communications around time-sensitive events. This latest accreditation means UK public sector organisations continue to have access to xMatters’ proven and cost effective cloud-based technologies.

John Duffy, Head of Public Sector at xMatters said, “In David Cameron’s ‘smarter state‘ speech, he outlined the importance of delivering a progressive government focused on reform, devolution and efficiency. ICT has an integral role to play in driving efficiency gains. However, what often prevents these gains from occurring is human intervention while managing processes and communications across the range of channels required to manage a time-sensitive event. What’s necessary, nowadays, is technology that enables teams to cost-effectively unlock the value that has been invested in their systems so that they can get on with their jobs. This is where the real gains are to be made, in automation.”

xMatters can be found on G-Cloud 7 at this link. Alternatively, please liaise with xMatters Head of Public Sector, John Duffy, via email at jduffy@xmatters.com.

About xMatters, inc.
xMatters’ cloud-based communications solutions enable any business process or application to trigger two-way communications (text, voice, email, SMS, etc.) throughout the extended enterprise during time-sensitive events. With over a decade of experience in rapid communication, xMatters serves more than 1,000 leading global firms to ensure business operations run smoothly and effectively during incidents such as IT failures, product recalls, natural disasters, dynamic staffing, service outages, medical emergencies and supply-chain disruption. xMatters is headquartered in San Ramon, CA with additional offices in London and Sydney.

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