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By admin, 28 września, 2012, No Comment

Kaspersky Mobile Security performs strongly in AV-Comparatives’ independent testing

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Kaspersky Lab’s mobile security solution for Android smartphones posted outstanding results in a recent malware detection test, earning a highly positive assessment from the AV-Comparatives independent test lab. In the comprehensive Mobile Security Review a total of 13 products for the Android platform were tested. Researchers paid particular attention to malware detection capabilities, anti-theft functionality and several other features, as well as the power consumption of the products. The results provided useful guidance for those wishing to properly protect their mobile data.

Testing was conducted in July and August 2012 on a Samsung Galaxy S Plus smartphone running Android 2.3. The first test compared the power consumption of the smartphone before and after the installation of each security suite. The verdict of this test is clear- none of the 13 solutions tested showed a significant impact on battery life, which is of course an important factor for smartphone users. The decrease of battery life was no greater than 3% for all mobile security products.

To test how effectively malware was detected, over 18 000 samples of popular malicious programmes for Android were used. The products had to detect each sample in real-life conditions – a new programme was first scanned and then an attempt to install malware was performed. Such methodology recreates a typical user scenario where malicious programmes are either blocked after scanning or when an attempt is made to install them.

The smartphone was able to connect to cloud-based security services, which meant Kaspersky Mobile Security could receive the latest information on new threats from Kaspersky Security Network. The results of this test were extremely positive for Kaspersky Lab’s product – it was placed in the top category of products that block 98-100% of malicious files.

A separate test that was conducted to detect adware (programmes with annoying ads, however no malicious payload) was somewhat controversial due to Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus engine only targeting genuinely malicious programmes. “It is a common practice for developers to include ads to make free programmes profitable,” explained Denis Maslennikov, Senior Malware Analyst, Kaspersky Lab. “However it is possible to distinguish between legitimate ad-supported products and annoying adware. That is why we at Kaspersky Lab target only those programmes which have a clear malicious intent, such as stealing personal data, sending texts without the user’s consent, allowing an attacker to fully control the device, as well as applications with clear advertising purposes.”

AV-Comparatives picked out several functions which were unique to Kaspersky Mobile Security or which performed better than the competition. In particular, the ability to hide incoming call histories, text messages and contacts was highlighted. Another core feature to gain favourable attention was Web Filtering, only recently introduced to Kaspersky Lab’s product, which automatically detects and blocks malicious websites during mobile web surfing.

The full Mobile Security Review text can be found at the AV-Comparatives website: http://av-comparatives.org/images/docs/avc_mob_201209_en.pdf

Samsung South Africa adds more value on the Galaxy SIII Smartphone

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Users’ Digest App to provide in-depth tips and tricks 

Samsung Electronics South Africa has released its Galaxy SIII Users Digest App on the Samsung Apps store, which will allow customers the opportunity to gain detailed information and user tips for their Galaxy SIII smartphone through a step-by-step user guide, simply by downloading the app.

Says Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics South Africa: “To provide technology that is not only cutting-edge but also relevant, we are looking to add apps that are locally focused and will add value to the lives of our consumers. The Users Digest App is a user friendly application that provides users with all the information on how to enjoy all the amazing features of the Samsung Galaxy SIII. Users will also learn to set-up their devices with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and tutorial videos – aimed at enhancing the Samsung user experience.”

Each section has multiple chapters with in-depth explanations with easy to follow instructions on each topic or feature. With the step-by-step guide there is no longer the need to page through a hard copy manual, which can be somewhat difficult to navigate. Find everything you need to know about your Galaxy S III, in this comprehensive guide and innovative app–with plenty of illustrations, videos and an intuitive navigation system. There are also additional tips offered which recommend the best options for users within certain features – to ensure you take full advantage of your handset.

The Users Digest App includes 3 key functions, including:

Chapter 1 – Set Up Guide

This section enables consumers to navigate the set-up options for their phones, to ensure that all their preferred and personal settings are formatted prior to using their phone. 

Chapter 2 – How to Use

This section provides detailed descriptions of how to enable and use the innovative features that the Galaxy S III boats – ensuring consumers get the very best user experience from their device while enabling a premium smartphone experience. Some of these features include; S Voice, Pop-Up Play, S Beam, Buddy Photo Share and many more.

Chapter 3 – Tutorial videos

The tutorial video section is an interactive portal from which consumers can watch videos that demonstrate the functionality of the phone. There are 5 videos which cover different feature categories of the phone including the following; A day in the life of the Galaxy S III user, Intelligence, Sharing, Greatness and Enhancement.

In addition to these chapters, users are able to click on the ‘share icon’ at the bottom of each page within the application which will share the entire application with their friends and family via Facebook. The share icon is a link to the app – redirecting the consumer to the Google play store and Samsung App store specifically.

“We are always striving to improve our consumers’ technology experience with our products through innovate offerings that enhance our products and services to market. The Galaxy S III Users Digest App is certainly one way we are doing this, where we are taking the ‘pain’ out of paper product manuals and placing the functionality and features within reach of the consumer, easily, conveniently and in a user-friendly manner,” concludes Fleischer.

The app is available for Samsung Galaxy SIII users immediately, free of charge on the Samsung Apps store as well as the Google Play Store.

The Unbearable Truthiness of Analytics

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By Gary Allemann, MD at Master Data Management

Decision support, or business intelligence (BI), has been a major driver for CIOs for many years. The current focus on “big data” and social media analytics is a logical extension of inward facing analysis capability to allow decision making and using the wealth of information available on the web.

Most BI sales, and projects, are delivered on the premise that any decision is better than no decision. Decision makers need information in order to make a decision and it is crucial to look for not only BI tools to assist with contextualising information but also advise and services to maximise the most out of the tool, including big data.  Big data’s three dimensions – volume, velocity and variety – represent an extreme view of the challenges faced in any data analytics project.  The question is: How do we consolidate multiple data sources, with varying levels of quality, and deliver analysis that is timely and relevant?

Analytics projects are tricky to say the least. The CEO needs his report out within an hour but the data quality means that the numbers cannot be generated. So IT works around the problem – maybe they ignore the records that do not hold information in the right format, or they substitute invalid values with valid ones.

More than often, the data is ‘fudged’.  The inputs are manipulated so that the outputs we need can be generated while they are still relevant. The problem is not that this is done purposely but is rather a necessary evil and by product of working in an imperfect world.  Most of the time, it will not have a significant impact on decision making, except when it does.

Decisions need to be based on an evaluation of the ‘best information available’. It is when poor information is presented as good information that the waters get muddy. Are business decisions being made based on truth, or based on truthiness?

According to Stephen Colbert, “Truthiness is what you want the facts to be, as opposed to what the facts are. What feels like the right answer, as opposed to what reality will support.”

If information has been significantly manipulated to provide a report surely the decision maker deserves to understand this. What is the level of confidence in the underlying data? Was key information missing, or did it vary widely and inconsistently from the previous quarters numbers? Could this have been an error in translation or amalgamation?

Legislation and regulations such as King III, the Basel Accords and the Solvency and Asset Management regime all recognise that key indicators such as financial forecasts or risk models can only be accurate within the margin of error supported by the underlying data – and seek to ensure that the public is protected against risk by penalising companies and individuals that cannot provide a measure of the quality of the data supporting key public metrics.

Common sense suggests that we need to give our business leaders similar protection by providing an indicator of confidence on all reports linked to the quality of the supporting data. If they need to make a decision based on gut feeling, surely this is better than making a decision based on truthiness?

EA Sports FIFA 13 Poised for Historic Opening

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Anticipation Peaks With 4.6 Million Fans Playing Demo And Over 1 Million Pre-Orders Worldwide 

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that EA SPORTS™ FIFA 13 is available in retail stores now in South Africa, and as a digital download through Origin™.

Anticipation for FIFA 13 points to a historic opening expected to be the biggest sports videogame launch ever. More than 1.3 million* games (and counting) have been pre-ordered worldwide, while over 4.6 million** fans—the most ever for an EA SPORTS game—in 123 countries have played the demo for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system, and PC. This represents a 42 percent increase year-over-year in demo users worldwide.

Social media indicators are revealing massive interest and momentum in the game. The EA SPORTS football community on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa has surpassed 10 million Likes, and according to Brandwatch, FIFA 13 was mentioned every 1.3 seconds^^ on Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms in the three days after the demo launched.

FIFA 13 is already a critical success with 40 review scores of 90 out of 100 or higher. In Spain, Eurogamer awarded FIFA 13 a perfect 100 score, while Vandal.net (94/100) described the action as “close to perfection.” In Italy, FIFA 13 earned 95/100 from Multiplayer, who called the game the “best FIFA ever.” In France, JeuxVideo Magazine (90/100) said “FIFA 13 approaches a form of perfection,” while UK magazine GamesMaster (91/100) called it “football perfection.”

FIFA 13 will once again give players all over the world the opportunity to compete to become a true FIFA World Champion by competing in the FIFA Interactive World Cup, one of the in-game modes. The tournament broke its own competitor record last year with more than 1.3 million registered players all over the world.

FIFA 13 trailers, screenshots and fact sheet are available at http://info.ea.com.

FIFA 13 will be available for the PlayStation 3 with PlayStation Move support, Xbox 360 with Kinect™, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, Nintendo Wii™ console, PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo 3DS™, and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and November 18 on Nintendo Wii U™ system. The game is available on the App Store for iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch®. FIFA 13 has been rated PG by the Film and Publication Board (FPB) of South Africa.

Join more 10 million fans in the EA SPORTS football community at http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/easportsfifa.

EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL football, FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™, and Fight Night boxing. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com.

* according to internal sales data as of September 25, 2012 in NA, and Sept. 22 in EU

**Between Sept. 11-25, according to internal data

^^ According to Brandwatch between Sept. 10-12, 2012

BioWare Delivers the Ultimate Value This Holiday Season With the Mass Effect Trilogy Compilation

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Get all Three Critically-Acclaimed Mass Effect Games for One Low Price this Holiday and Join BioWare in Celebrating Commander Shepard on November 7th for “N7 Day” 

Winner of over 300 awards. Recipient of over 200 perfect scores. A universe that has expanded beyond games to comics, novels, apparel, collectibles, action figures and more. The Mass Effect franchise has become one of the most heralded series in video game history. BioWare, a division of Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), today unveiled the Mass Effect Trilogy, a compilation of all three award-winning Mass Effect games in one box. Available in stores beginning November 6, 2012 for only $59.99, the Mass Effect Trilogy is the perfect holiday gift for longtime fans or friends who have yet to experience Commander Shepard’s epic journey to save the galaxy.

Coinciding with the launch of Mass Effect Trilogy, BioWare will kick off the first annual “N7 Day,” a worldwide celebration of the Mass Effect franchise on November 7, 2012. Stay tuned to http://MassEffect.com for updates and announcements for a variety of in-game, online and live events which fans can congregate and fly their N7 colors.

The Mass Effect trilogy follows the rise of Commander Shepard from Alliance Marine to becoming the galaxy’s most elite soldier — the only soldier who can lead an all-out galactic war against an ancient alien race known as the Reapers. Heart-pounding action meets gripping interactive storytelling as players decide how their unique story unfolds over all three games. With a team of loyal soldiers at their side, each player decides how they will save the galaxy, from the weapons and abilities they utilize to the relationships they forge or break.

The Mass Effect Trilogy will be available in South Africa on November 9th this year, on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC and will be available at a later date for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Mass Effect, the game which started it all, will be available on PlayStation 3 for the first time through the Mass Effect Trilogy and digitally as a standalone title via the PlayStation Network. Mass Effect Trilogy has been rated 18V by the Film and Publication Board (FPB) of South Africa.

For more information about Mass Effect Trilogy, please visit the game’s official web site at http://MassEffect.com. Fans can also receive more Mass Effect updates and “N7 Day” news on Twitter at http://twitter.com/masseffect, or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/masseffect.

VMworld® 2012 Europe Expects to Attract More Than 7,000 Attendees to Barcelona

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VMware, Inc. (NYSE:VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today unveiled the speaker lineup and sponsorship list for the leading European virtualization and cloud infrastructure event of the year, VMworld 2012 Europe in Barcelona October 9-11, 2012.

Underscoring the conference theme, “Right Here, Right Now,” VMworld 2012 in Barcelona will feature more than 200 unique breakout sessions and lab topics from VMware and its community of partners and customers that are driving innovation in the virtualization and cloud computing industry. More than 125 sponsors and exhibitors are supporting the conference including Global Diamond Sponsors Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP and NetApp.

VMwareexecutives will lead two general session presentations during the event:

  •  On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. CEST the event will kick off with a keynote presentation featuring VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger and VMware CTO Steve Herrod detailing how VMware is helping customers and partners thrive in the cloud era with key announcements, discussions and demonstrations of the solutions at the heart of the software-defined datacenter. The Oct. 9 keynote webcast will be available live and on-demand on the VMworld web site.
  •  On Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. CEST VMware CTO Steve Herrod will take the stage to demonstrate the state-of-the-art technology that is transforming IT and enabling the mobile workforce. An archived version of this presentation will be available by 9:00am ET the same day on the VMworld web site.

VMworld 2012 Online Resources

For a list of VMworld 2012 Europe exhibitors and sponsors, please visit: http://www.vmworld.com/community/conference/europe/sponsors

The VMworld 2012 Europe agenda is available at: http://www.vmworld.com/community/conference/europe/learn/agenda

To register to attend VMworld 2012 Europe, please visit: www.vmworld.com


Reputation and product quality most likely to influence IT decisions, say European IT decision-makers in a study

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  •  Innovation is vital to driving reputation, say IT decision-makers
  •  Innovation and IT is vital to any organisation’s business strategy

Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, today released Inside the Mind of the CIO, a survey of 300 CIOs conducted by Penn Schoen Berland which looks at how European CIOs make their IT purchasing decisions, and how they feel about their roles. Vendor reputation and high quality products are the factors most likely to influence their technology purchases, say the majority of CIOs. Furthermore, the study found that innovation is the defining characteristic of tech market leadership and reputation.

The research found high levels of trust in the IT community. Technology companies are highly trusted by IT decision-makers, with between 51 per cent claiming to trust vendors a lot. This is reflected in the finding that 34 per cent cite corporate websites as very influential in their purchasing decisions, versus 39 per cent citing trade press as very influential. Traditional media is still trusted by IT decision-makers more than social media, but trust in social media is rising, with approximately one in five trusting Twitter across UK, France and Italy, almost the same level of trust as radio.

The study also sought to analyse the most influential factors in any technology purchase. Quality of products was cited by an average of 60% and 57% cited a technology vendor’s brand or reputation as key (67% in the UK said this was key). 56% said value for money was influential.

Chris Cartwright, Chair of Burson-Marsteller’s Technology Practice in EMEA, commented: “CIOs are a pragmatic group. In these tough economic times, CIOs are focused on product quality and value for money as key purchasing criteria – far more than ‘softer’ factors such as CSR, leadership of the vendor company, or its financial performance. However, getting this right is really just the entry-level today. The insight that reputation is a key decision driver suggests that technology communicators need to really focus on what drives their own reputation and builds the brand.”

In order to probe further, the study asked IT decision-makers what they thought the key ingredients of market leadership were for technology vendors. “We felt this would give us an insight into what should be the base elements of any reputation-building campaign in the technology arena,” said Cartwright. “Overwhelmingly, respondents said: Innovation, Quality, Reliability.”

In spite of the trust engendered by traditional media, trust in social media is rising, with around 70% of IT decision makers citing social media as very or somewhat valuable. Among social media properties, YouTube is identified as important in the decision-making process. One in three IT decision-makers said that they use YouTube as part of their purchase decision making process. This combined with the use of corporate websites noted above suggests that video is a powerful tool that should be leveraged both on corporate web sites and corporate social media properties.

“This was an unexpected finding for us and an actionable one. However, a cautionary note should be made: recent research and the experience of many in the sector suggests that many communications directors are fighting to retain control of these channels as marketing, customer service and sales parts of the organisation, as well as dedicated ‘digital and social’ functions are exerting their influence. If using owned media to reach the CIO is as vital as our data suggests, communications professionals need to exercise far more control in this space,” Chris Cartwright continued.

Looking at how IT decision-makers feel about their roles, the study found that they constantly battle stereotypes which they feel underestimate their value. They are passionate about innovation, which they see as vital to their organisation’s business strategy. According to the research, 75 per cent feel that innovation is central to their organisation’s business strategy and 67 per cent see themselves as the primary source of innovation in their organisations. Over two-thirds think that the IT department is central to their company’s business strategy – rising to 79% in the UK.

Christine Armstrong, Vice President, Penn Schoen Berland, commented: “Stereotypical attitudes to technology experts remain prevalent. The research shows a significant divergence between the day-to-day experience of the IT decision-maker role and the image held by non-IT colleagues and the wider world. While 60 per cent of IT decision-makers agree that colleagues believe they can work miracles by retrieving un-backed-up data, 37 per cent believe colleagues think they solve problems by pushing control-alt-delete. Over a quarter think their peers believe they spy on their emails! IT decision-makers clearly feel misunderstood, and their contribution underestimated quite significantly. Being seen as service-providing ‘geeks’ is a perception that CIOs would actively like to dispel. They see themselves, rather, as strategic innovators, vital to the success of their company.”

The research highlighted a number of points worthy of further consideration in executing communications that help move CIO’s and others along the IT purchase decision path:

1.    Brand and Reputation is important
There is a critical need for technology vendors to spend more time and effort working out what they stand for, what their mission, purpose, values and messages are, and what makes them different, because it really does make a difference to the IT decision maker.

2.    Innovation is the defining characteristic of market leadership
Although many factors contribute to enhancing brand and reputation, our evidence suggests that if you want to build reputation enhancing programmes that will actually resonate with IT decision makers, they should focus on innovation as a key theme.

3.    Products, Quality, Value
IT decision makers are most influenced by the quality of products, reputation and value for money. Placing these three factors at the heart of a campaign may seem like a back to basics approach, but our research suggests its effectiveness.

4.    Make better use of owned media
At a time when many different departments and agencies are claiming ownership of these channels communications directors need to take more interest in the content of their web sites and social media properties. Our research suggests that many IT vendors may be missing out on a significant channel of influence, YouTube. Producing quality videos as a way of conveying and controlling messages, either on the corporate site, or via YouTube is certainly something that technology brands should be investigating.

5.    The Five Key Communications Channels
Focus communications on the five key communications channels IT decision makers pay most attention to and are influenced by……the corporate web site, using video; technology and trade media ; sector specific press; industry analysts; industry conferences.

F5 Extends Dynamic Networking to Windows Server-Based Virtual Network Environments

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F5’s network virtualisation solution optimises app delivery for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V; eases management and reduces costs 

F5 Networks, Inc. the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), has announced the F5® Network Virtualisation Solution for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. The solution gives F5 customers the flexibility to use the BIG-IP® platform to deploy network services in cloud-driven data centers that are built on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. This announcement underscores F5’s commitment to deliver a dynamic, efficient data center that will ensure scalability, security, and manageability across an organisation’s IT environments and systems.

With this solution, the same network-based services that the BIG-IP platform provides—such as local and global load balancing, advanced traffic steering, access control, and application security and acceleration—can now also be used to deliver applications in the Microsoft cloud and virtualised network environments. The solution is enabled by F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM®) Virtual Edition (VE) running on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.

Virtualisation Gateway Delivers Business Value

Organisations that use Hyper-V network virtualisation to realise cost savings and operational efficiencies stand to gain many additional benefits from the F5 solution, including:

  • Improved Flexibility – Working in conjunction with Hyper-V network virtualisation, the F5 solution supports seamless, low-cost migration to the cloud by allowing organisations to use the same policies and IP addresses in the cloud that they currently use in the physical network.
  • Cost Savings – The F5 solution accelerates data center consolidation by connecting hybrid cloud environments, enabling organisations to cut costs while extending their applications and services.
  • Efficient Network Management – The F5 solution can intelligently manage network traffic at layers 4-7, mitigating the need for organisations to build and manage large layer 2 networks.
  • Streamlined ADN Services – The F5 solution runs on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, and all services are applied in BIG-IP LTM VE, so no software upgrades or special code is required on the physical network.

Complements and Enhances SDN Architectures

The F5 solution is particularly important for enterprise customers, Infrastructure-as-a-Service providers, Software-as-a-Service providers, and independent software vendors (ISVs) who are adopting Software Defined Networking (SDN) for improved manageability and flexibility in their layer 2-3 network fabric. The F5 solution complements SDN by providing a strategic point of control for making application level (layer 4-7) decisions across the data, management, and control planes.

This latest advancement in F5’s longstanding relationship with Microsoft also marks F5’s entry into the Windows Server Hyper-V Network Virtualisation partner ecosystem. “Windows Server 2012 SDN was built from the ground up to create new opportunities for networking providers to bring innovative solutions to market,” said Sandeep Singhal, General Manager, Windows Networking at Microsoft. “F5 Networks has taken advantage of this architecture to help customers accelerate cloud deployments when they use BIG-IP LTM VE running on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.”

Extends BIG-IP Platform Advantages to Microsoft Cloud

The F5 solution is one of the first available for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, supporting customer deployments of Hyper-V network virtualisation for highly scalable, multi-tenant data centers. With the F5 solution, customers can use the same ADN platform they are already using to deliver and secure application services. This approach helps extend data center computing models to run any application workload on any server, anywhere—and to users on any device, anywhere—while keeping comprehensive security policies in place to protect the user and the business.

“This release marks an important milestone for F5,” said Calvin Rowland, VP of Technology and ISV Alliances at F5. “We are bringing together the application delivery capabilities needed to deliver applications into any environment, using the BIG-IP platform in close two-way communication with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts and Microsoft System Centre 2012 SP1. This gives customers additional flexibility to operate across both physical and virtual networks.”

Easier, Lower-Cost, Rapid Application Deployment

The F5 solution opens up many new deployment scenarios because it helps customers more easily move virtual machines (VMs) within or across data centers for more cost-effective utilisation of shared infrastructure. With SDN, customers no longer have to deal with the constraints of traditional networking environments where VMs are mapped to physical IP addresses and switches must be configured manually to ensure proper packet routing.

Furthermore, when VMs are moved, the rich set of ADN services provided by the BIG-IP platform moves with them. For example, when a line-of-business web application is moved to another data center, the security policy, access control, acceleration, global load balancing, and application firewall protections specific to that application automatically move with it. Workloads can also be scaled out from on-premises to off-premises environments as capacity needs, performance requirements, or cost concerns dictate.

This ease of movement enables customers to take advantage of hosting providers for backup data center services as an alternative to building their own secondary sites. Customers that use hosting providers can also benefit from the flexibility and pay-as-you-go models that cloud environments offer.

New Revenue for Channel Partners

The F5 solution also opens up a revenue opportunity for channel partners, who will be able to sell it as a new, specialised SKU in support of Windows Server Hyper-V network virtualisation solutions in production environments.

“The F5 Network Virtualisation Solution for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V demonstrates F5’s innovation and market leadership,” said Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research. “This solution is a perfect example of the flexibility and extensibility of F5’s BIG-IP platform. By helping customers to easily move workloads in and out of virtualised and cloud environments, F5 breaks down deployment barriers and makes the promises of cloud computing real for customers.”

Availability

The F5 Network Virtualisation Solution for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V will be available in the first quarter of calendar year 2013. Pricing and licensing details are yet to be announced. 

Additional Resources

Developer Momentum for BlackBerry 10 Continues to Grow

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Application developers continue to choose BlackBerry 10 as a target platform for their applications

During the BlackBerry Jam Americas conference in San Jose this week, Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSX: RIM) showcased the power of the BlackBerry 10 platform and demonstrated the key differentiators that developers are leveraging to create apps that engage and delight customers.

Visually stunning BlackBerry 10 applications from Cisco, Foursquare, Sencha, Gameloft, Halfbrick Studios, Madfinger Games and Funkoi were revealed, demonstrating applications that are feature rich and integrated with core functions of BlackBerry 10 and embracing the seamless flow that only BlackBerry 10 provides. A replay of the keynote is available for viewing here:  http://bbry.lv/NOGTVO

A recent survey conducted by RIM, of the BlackBerry developers using the 5,000 Dev Alpha test devices distributed during the BlackBerry Jam World Tour, found that 99 per cent of respondents had already started BlackBerry 10 projects.

“The response to BlackBerry 10 on all levels has been incredible and developers have certainly embraced this new platform and are taking early advantage of the tools and support we are providing to them. Our community is telling us about apps from every category that look and feel just amazing,” said Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems at Research In Motion. “With our new SDK build now available, applications can really take advantage of our integration and sharing features. This really allows that heightened level of differentiation for apps that platform providers should be bringing to their communities.”

The SDKs for BlackBerry 10 were updated yesterday to bring more collaboration, native feature integration and app sharing opportunities. This update makes the native SDK API-complete and enhances the HTML5 toolset, BlackBerry WebWorks. Further updates were also made to Adobe AIR and Android runtimes. More information can be found here:

http://devblog.blackberry.com/2012/09/flight-arrival-boards-roadmap-update/

The BlackBerry Dev Alpha testing units also received an OS update that allows developers to take advantage of the Beta 3 version of the SDKs. BlackBerry developers can now leverage APIs that can integrate with core apps contacts, calendar, BlackBerry Messenger and the BlackBerry Hub and more while they build their applications.

The developer community has been enthusiastic about the opportunities that BlackBerry 10 brings as a new market to reach with applications, a platform that allows for deep integration and user engagement, and a platform built for content creation and sharing, all on devices that have a beautiful user interface that developers can easily leverage.

Partner Testimonials

“Mobile has become a major accelerator for business collaboration. Box and BlackBerry enable CIOs to embrace mobile-first policies that transform the way knowledge workers access and share key business documents. Box’s deep integration with BlackBerry 10 will enable a seamless and secure mobile working experience wherever the office may take you.” - Matthew Self, VP of Platform Engineering at Box

“The Weather Network is excited to develop for BlackBerry 10. The innovations in the operating system will provide our existing loyal consumers and new consumers an application that is as stunning as it is informative, helping users to plan for anything.” – Gita Ashar, Director of Mobile and Emerging Technologies for Weather Network

“Our customers have shared with us how critical it is to be able to use BlackBerry smartphones to collaborate and easily meet over the web from anywhere, anytime using Cisco WebEx Meetings securely delivered through the Cisco WebEx Cloud. Today, we are excited to announce that Cisco WebEx Meetings for BlackBerry will be available as a free download once BlackBerry 10 devices are launched.” – Raj Gossain, Vice President of Products for Cisco Cloud Collaboration Applications Group

“Bringing Splashtop Remote Desktop to the BlackBerry PlayBook and BlackBerry 10 platform was fast and easy. We looked at the development options provided by RIM, and chose to use the NDK to achieve the best user experience and performance for Splashtop to deliver apps consistent with BlackBerry’s high standards.  That’s why Splashtop is the #1 selling remote desktop app on BlackBerry App World.” -Mark Lee, CEO and co-founder of Splashtop

“TuneIn brings the world’s music, sports and news to as many people as possible. We are excited to extend the TuneIn listening experience to the BlackBerry 10 community as we continue on our mission to make all the world’s audio universally accessible.” -Carl Rohling, VP of Business Development for TuneIn

“Moving to BlackBerry 10 is a very exciting opportunity for us and further expands the possibility to let more people be creative with music.”  - Jonas Norberg, CEO & Co-founder, Pacemaker®

“We are pleased to work with RIM to bring the BlackBerry 10 platform to our ecosystem of developers. The new BlackBerry 10 platform represents a significant opportunity for Appcelerator’s ecosystem of 350,000 developers, and we look forward to working with RIM to help ‘stock the shelves’ with new applications for BlackBerry 10 customers.” –Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator

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