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Altera Joins Industrial Internet Consortium

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Altera Joins Industrial Internet Consortium

Altera Corporation announced today it joined the Industrial Internet Consortium, an industry organization focused on facilitating development of an Internet of Things global ecosystem.Internet of Things

"Altera technology will enable the IIC to look at innovative ways to support accelerated intelligent cloud and gateway platforms that collect and process the input from a wide variety of 'things' at the edge of the network," said David Moore, director, Industrial Business Unit at Altera. "These platforms can benefit significantly from Altera's hardware and software programmability, which can flexibly service fragmented application needs while offering the performance to cost-effectively accelerate analytics and security in the data center and IoT infrastructure."

Altera brings to IIC its FPHA and SoC products and experience, which offer designers the ability to securely bridge wired and wireless interface standards across a range of IoT applications. It will work with other consortium members to build out the Industrial Internet, a network of intelligent devices and sensors.

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Rich Lane Joins Powerstorm ESS Advisory Board

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Powerstorm ESS announced today mobile technology expert Rich Lane joined its board of advisors. Powerstorm logo

Lane, president of Entrepreneurial Ventures and general partner of Radio Spectrum Partners, has honed startup management and consulting skills after spending more than 30 years building businesses and maximizing shareholder value in the mobile technology industry.

"We are happy to have Rich as part of the team to grow our company," Powerstorm CEO Mike Freni, said. "He has the wisdom that comes with many years of business experience, and I'm confident that he will use that to help Powerstorm most effectively provide power to those people in the world currently living in energy poverty."

Lane said he looks forward to using his skills and experience to assist Powerstorm.

“The work that this company is doing, utilizing their innovative energy storage technologies to enable wireless communications for people who have been previously power-deprived, is full of potential and possibility,” Lane said.

EMA Releases IT Service Management Research Repor

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Enterprise Management Associates, an IT and data management research and consulting firm, released today “WhEnterprise Management Association logoat is the Future of IT Service Management?,” a report that found IT service management is needed more than ever as the IT industry becomes increasingly service-centered.

“Research is always an exploration—you never know for sure just what you’ll find. So it was exciting to see how strongly this research data reinforces the value of a more progressive and transformative approach to ITSM technologies, processes, and organizational interactions across all of IT,” vice president of research Dennis Drogseth said.

With almost 50 percent of ITSM organizations set to grow, the research suggests a progressive or reactive track for ITSM teams, with separate profiles and investment platforms.

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Energy management specialist Schneider Electric announced the release of PowerChute Network Shutdown v4.0,Schneider Electric Logo which includes advanced redundancy capabilities and a new Uninterruptible Power Supply configuration option.

The UPS configuration option enables IT personnel to manage and monitor multiple groups of redundant UPSs and add increased redundancy for IT equipment when necessary.

“Due to the growing trend of virtualization, IT architectures have evolved into increasingly complex systems, with many IT managers struggling with how to not only manage but protect their multiple servers across varying locations,” said Paul Bohan, vice president, network management, IT business, Schneider Electric. “PowerChute Network Shutdown v4.0’s seamless integration, migration and shutdown capabilities give IT managers the peace of mind that their entire virtualized and physical IT infrastructure is protected from potential power events or outages – no matter their location.”

The software provides IT managers with control of movement of virtual machines and can be integrated with VMware vCenter and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

PowerChute Network Shutdown v4.0 is available for download here.

paesslerPaessler AG recently announced that it will be releasing the 100 sensor license of PRTG Network Monitor for free to home users, SMBs and startups. This will be a full version of the product.

What’s the reasoning? Well, Paessler, a Germany-based Network Monitoring solutions specialist, is noticing the rapid growth rate of IT infrastructure, and recognizing that smaller enterprises, SMBs and home users are struggling to keep up with the demands. In addition, many of the startups and smaller enterprises are finding that existing solutions are not only out of their budget, but their staff requirements as well, needing more complicated setup.