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CloudGenix Selected as a 2018 Red Herring Top 100 Global Winner

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Red Herring announced its Top 100 Global in recognition of the leading private companies from North America, Europe, and Asia, celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies across their respective industries.  CloudGenix was selected to be part of this elite group in the Telecommunications category because of its innovative application-centric approach to Software-Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN).

Red Herring’s Top 100 Global list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work.

“Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across the globe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe CloudGenix embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. CloudGenix should be proud of its accomplishment.”

Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track records and standing of startups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models from around the world.

“CloudGenix AppFabric has helped countless household name brand companies modernize their network to be an enabler of agility and digital transformation.  By aligning business goals with the implementation of WAN policy we help global businesses integrate the cloud, optimize WAN cost efficiency and management, and automate their infrastructure in ways that were not previously possible.  We are thrilled to be named a winner in this year’s Red Herring Top 100 Global awards and see it as the strongest validation possible of the sizeable differentiation our approach brings compared to legacy networking systems,” said Kumar Ramachandran, CEO of CloudGenix.

About CloudGenix

CloudGenix (www.cloudgenix.com) is the software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) leader, revolutionizing networking by transforming legacy WANs into a radically simplified, secure, application-defined fabric and unified hybrid WAN. Enabling application-specific, service-level agreements (SLAs), CloudGenix controls network application performance based upon application-performance SLAs and business priority. CloudGenix ION (Instant-On Network) simplifies how WANs are designed and managed, enabling customers to build “networks without networking,” and achieve more than twice the performance at less than half the cost while extending data center-class security to the network edge. Founded in 2013 by a team that has delivered industry-leading products in networking, SDN, cloud, security and web-scale applications, CloudGenix serves world-class financial services, legal, retail and technology organizations.

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Hyde Marine Completes Land-Based Testing for USCG Type Approval

Pittsburgh, PA, Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hyde Marine, a division of Calgon Carbon Corporation, announced today that it successfully completed its land-based testing for the Hyde GUARDIAN® ballast water treatment system (BWTS) that covers both USCG Type Approval requirements and Revised IMO G8 Guidelines.  The testing protocol requires a minimum of 15 successful test runs in three different water salinities under varying and extremely challenging water conditions.

The Hyde GUARDIAN® BWTS utilizes filtration with medium-pressure UV for disinfection.  The system originally received IMO Type Approval in 2009, and USCG Alternate Management System acceptance in 2013.  Completion of this new round of land-based testing in accordance with the USCG preferred stain test method is a key step in the application process for USCG Type Approval, as well as qualifying the system under the Revised IMO G8 Guidelines.  The phases of the USCG Type Approval process include documentation review, bench testing, land-based testing, shipboard testing, and environmental testing.

“Completion of land-based testing is a great milestone for our team and for our product,” says Chris Todd, Executive Director of Hyde Marine.  “We are still in the process of shipboard testing for the Hyde GUARDIAN® system, and we expect to be able to submit our USCG Type Approval application in the summer of 2019 following its completion.  We are eager to help ship owners comply with both USCG and IMO ballast water management regulations.”

About Calgon Carbon Corporation

Calgon Carbon, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3405) (Kuraray), is a global leader in the manufacture and/or distribution of innovative coal-, wood- and coconut-based activated carbon products – in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – to meet the most challenging purification demands of customers throughout the world.

Complemented by world-class activated carbon and ultraviolet (UV) light purification and disinfection equipment systems and service capabilities, as well as diatomaceous earth and perlites, Calgon Carbon provides purification solutions for more than 700 distinct applications, including drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon employs approximately 1,300 people and operates 20 manufacturing, reactivation, innovation and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron.

Calgon Carbon was acquired by Kuraray in March of 2018. With complementary products and services, the combined organization will continue to focus on providing the highest quality and most innovative activated carbon and filtration media products, equipment, and services to meet customer needs anywhere in the world. For more information, visit calgoncarbon.com.

About Hyde Marine

Hyde Marine is part of Calgon Carbon UV Technologies LLC.  With more than 100 years in the maritime industry and pioneering development of ballast water treatment technologies, Hyde Marine has become the leading U.S. manufacturer and educator regarding regulations, technologies, installation experiences, and challenges facing this sector. Since its initial launch in 1998, the Hyde GUARDIAN® BWTS has emerged as an industry leader featuring mechanical separation with filtration followed by UV disinfection – with more than 500 Hyde GUARDIAN® units sold to date for installation in various ship types and sizes around the world.

Amanda Lofty
Calgon Carbon Corporation
724-541-2658
alofty@calgoncarbon.com

New Cisco Study Predicts Dramatic Change in IT Operations as CIO’s Embrace Analytics and Automation

88 Percent of Respondents Identify Investing in IT Operations as Key to Driving Preemptive Practices and an Enhanced Customer Experience

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Cisco announced the launch of its new IT Operations Readiness Index revealing how data is transforming the way businesses operate their IT. The Index surveyed more than 1,500 senior IT leaders from across the globe to understand where organizations are on their IT operations transformation journey, revealing a four-step model for IT operations maturity, focused on how organizations handle events they face.

Joseph Bradley, Cisco’s Global Vice President, IoT, Blockchain, AI, and Incubation Business says: “Gone are the days of IT leaders relying on past monthly reports and hours upon hours of manual operational tasks to deliver results in the face of growing infrastructure complexity. Instead, fueled by data and empowered by automation, IT can operate in real-time, be predictive, and rely on detailed data to have a true seat at the table, delivering strategic value for their organization and for their customers.”

Introducing the IT Operations Readiness Index

Today IT spends around 78 percent of their budgets simply “running the business” which leaves little room for innovation. However, there’s a way to reallocate budgets to prioritize transformational activities with some organizations already progressing along the IT operations maturity model.

First, it’s important for IT to understand where organizations are on the four-step maturity model and where they would like to be in two years (see an accompanying graphic at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f74720b7-25fb-4428-b90a-bc78d001f199).

Organizations at higher levels of maturity reported collecting data from more areas of their infrastructure, running more analytics and using automation more extensively. To get “preemptive” capabilities, organizations must be more data-driven by utilizing data indicators to predict events (such as, outages) and automation to make continuous changes and maintain optimal health.

“As organizations advance along the model, they use data to look further into the future,” says Joseph Bradley. “Through analytics and automation, CIOs can evolve from blindly reacting to events—such as outages—to continuously monitoring and optimizing their infrastructures based on predictions of future needs. As a result, they can deliver strategic outcomes for their business partners, with change moving from being surprising and threatening to becoming something to control.”

IT Operations Readiness Index Key Findings:

Operations has become a strategic focus for business success

  • 28 percent of survey respondents’ IT budgets are spent optimizing and remediating IT operations. 68 percent of respondents expected to increase that budget over the next 12 months.
  • 40 percent of respondents said they already rely “heavily” on IT operational data for business decision-making.

Investing in operations drives customer benefits and value to the business

  • 88 percent of IT leaders said their investment in IT operations over the past 12 months had improved external customer satisfaction and 89 percent noted improvements in innovation.

The race to a preemptive model is just the beginning

  • Only 14 percent have reached the highest level of IT operations capabilities, which we call “preemptive.” 26 percent are still at the lowest level, where IT events are reacted to as they occur (“reactive” operations). Yet 33 percent expect to have reached preemptive operations within two years.
  • The most advanced, those with “preemptive” operational capabilities, are twice as likely to perform continuous automation than the least advanced organizations, and more than 50 percent more likely to perform organization-wide automated data collection.
  • Only 26 percent collect data on an ongoing basis; 17 percent use real-time automated analysis. Most activities are still periodic.

AI + Talent = Success

  • 42 percent said AI was the emerging technology that will have the biggest impact on their ability to automate. 51 percent said they use AI to some extent today to improve their automation capability.
  • 70 percent of enterprises currently have a Chief Data Officer, a role critical to orchestrating the use of insight to drive improvement in both business and IT operations. Enterprises employed on average more than 40 data scientists.

Outside vendors are critical sources of data

  • 84 percent said it’s “imperative” to have access to data beyond what is collected internally. The most advanced organizations already use outside vendors for more operational activities (e.g. data aggregation); vendors will become a key source of data, too.

Security is the most data-driven of the infrastructures

  • 82 percent of respondents already collect operational and performance data about their security infrastructure, the highest of any area of IT. Security is the clearest use case for getting real-time insight and control, and the “tip of the spear” for investing in data-driven operations.

IoT is the connection from IT to the business edge

  • 74 percent of “preemptive” organizations gathered data from IoT today versus 59 percent of “reactive” organizations. 77 percent of all organizations agreed that IoT was critical to running their IT infrastructure more efficiently.

When IT operations has the right data, the right insights mined from that data, and the ability to automate operational tasks across the infrastructure, they have the opportunity to differentiate themselves. It’s now time for CIO’s to focus on the innovation side of IT operations.

As Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research said, “In the future, the most successful companies are the ones that have the best quality data, AI algorithms to interpret it and a CDO to ensure quality and consistency.”

Want to know where certain organizations are in the four stages of IT operations maturity? Check out the online self-assessment tool that IT leaders can complete to map their organization against the model and benchmark the maturity score against competitors and peer groups.

Supporting Resources
Executive Blog: (Joseph Bradley)
Transforming IT Operations Report
IT Readiness Self Assessment Tool
Services Trends
Follow Cisco Services on Twitter

RSS feed for Cisco: http://newsroom.cisco.com/rss-feeds

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. Discover more at newsroom.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco’s trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

Press Relations:
Lindsay Kniffin
Cisco
503-551-2655
lkniffin@cisco.com

Analyst Relations:
Signe Loenberg
Cisco
+44 20 8824 3184
sloenber@cisco.com

Investor Relations
Marty Palka
Cisco
408 526 6636
mpalka@cisco.com

New Cisco Study Predicts Dramatic Change in IT Operations as CIO’s Embrace Analytics and Automation

88 Percent of Respondents Identify Investing in IT Operations as Key to Driving Preemptive Practices and an Enhanced Customer Experience

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Cisco announced the launch of its new IT Operations Readiness Index revealing how data is transforming the way businesses operate their IT. The Index surveyed more than 1,500 senior IT leaders from across the globe to understand where organizations are on their IT operations transformation journey, revealing a four-step model for IT operations maturity, focused on how organizations handle events they face.

Joseph Bradley, Cisco’s Global Vice President, IoT, Blockchain, AI, and Incubation Business says: “Gone are the days of IT leaders relying on past monthly reports and hours upon hours of manual operational tasks to deliver results in the face of growing infrastructure complexity. Instead, fueled by data and empowered by automation, IT can operate in real-time, be predictive, and rely on detailed data to have a true seat at the table, delivering strategic value for their organization and for their customers.”

Introducing the IT Operations Readiness Index

Today IT spends around 78 percent of their budgets simply “running the business” which leaves little room for innovation. However, there’s a way to reallocate budgets to prioritize transformational activities with some organizations already progressing along the IT operations maturity model.

First, it’s important for IT to understand where organizations are on the four-step maturity model and where they would like to be in two years (see an accompanying graphic at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/f74720b7-25fb-4428-b90a-bc78d001f199).

Organizations at higher levels of maturity reported collecting data from more areas of their infrastructure, running more analytics and using automation more extensively. To get “preemptive” capabilities, organizations must be more data-driven by utilizing data indicators to predict events (such as, outages) and automation to make continuous changes and maintain optimal health.

“As organizations advance along the model, they use data to look further into the future,” says Joseph Bradley. “Through analytics and automation, CIOs can evolve from blindly reacting to events—such as outages—to continuously monitoring and optimizing their infrastructures based on predictions of future needs. As a result, they can deliver strategic outcomes for their business partners, with change moving from being surprising and threatening to becoming something to control.”

IT Operations Readiness Index Key Findings:

Operations has become a strategic focus for business success

  • 28 percent of survey respondents’ IT budgets are spent optimizing and remediating IT operations. 68 percent of respondents expected to increase that budget over the next 12 months.
  • 40 percent of respondents said they already rely “heavily” on IT operational data for business decision-making.

Investing in operations drives customer benefits and value to the business

  • 88 percent of IT leaders said their investment in IT operations over the past 12 months had improved external customer satisfaction and 89 percent noted improvements in innovation.

The race to a preemptive model is just the beginning

  • Only 14 percent have reached the highest level of IT operations capabilities, which we call “preemptive.” 26 percent are still at the lowest level, where IT events are reacted to as they occur (“reactive” operations). Yet 33 percent expect to have reached preemptive operations within two years.
  • The most advanced, those with “preemptive” operational capabilities, are twice as likely to perform continuous automation than the least advanced organizations, and more than 50 percent more likely to perform organization-wide automated data collection.
  • Only 26 percent collect data on an ongoing basis; 17 percent use real-time automated analysis. Most activities are still periodic.

AI + Talent = Success

  • 42 percent said AI was the emerging technology that will have the biggest impact on their ability to automate. 51 percent said they use AI to some extent today to improve their automation capability.
  • 70 percent of enterprises currently have a Chief Data Officer, a role critical to orchestrating the use of insight to drive improvement in both business and IT operations. Enterprises employed on average more than 40 data scientists.

Outside vendors are critical sources of data

  • 84 percent said it’s “imperative” to have access to data beyond what is collected internally. The most advanced organizations already use outside vendors for more operational activities (e.g. data aggregation); vendors will become a key source of data, too.

Security is the most data-driven of the infrastructures

  • 82 percent of respondents already collect operational and performance data about their security infrastructure, the highest of any area of IT. Security is the clearest use case for getting real-time insight and control, and the “tip of the spear” for investing in data-driven operations.

IoT is the connection from IT to the business edge

  • 74 percent of “preemptive” organizations gathered data from IoT today versus 59 percent of “reactive” organizations. 77 percent of all organizations agreed that IoT was critical to running their IT infrastructure more efficiently.

When IT operations has the right data, the right insights mined from that data, and the ability to automate operational tasks across the infrastructure, they have the opportunity to differentiate themselves. It’s now time for CIO’s to focus on the innovation side of IT operations.

As Zeus Kerravala of ZK Research said, “In the future, the most successful companies are the ones that have the best quality data, AI algorithms to interpret it and a CDO to ensure quality and consistency.”

Want to know where certain organizations are in the four stages of IT operations maturity? Check out the online self-assessment tool that IT leaders can complete to map their organization against the model and benchmark the maturity score against competitors and peer groups.

Supporting Resources
Executive Blog: (Joseph Bradley)
Transforming IT Operations Report
IT Readiness Self Assessment Tool
Services Trends
Follow Cisco Services on Twitter

RSS feed for Cisco: http://newsroom.cisco.com/rss-feeds

About Cisco
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is the worldwide leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Our people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. Discover more at newsroom.cisco.com and follow us on Twitter at @Cisco. For ongoing news, please go to http://thenetwork.cisco.com.

Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. A listing of Cisco’s trademarks can be found at www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company.

Press Relations:
Lindsay Kniffin
Cisco
503-551-2655
lkniffin@cisco.com

Analyst Relations:
Signe Loenberg
Cisco
+44 20 8824 3184
sloenber@cisco.com

Investor Relations
Marty Palka
Cisco
408 526 6636
mpalka@cisco.com

IHMA Announces a New Venture in India to Further Their Global Support of Anti-infective Drug Development for the Biopharmaceutical Industry

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Oct. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — International Health Management Associates, Inc./IHMA Europe Sàrl (IHMA), a global company that provides laboratory and consultative services to the biopharmaceutical industry involved in the development of products for the prevention, control and treatment of infectious diseases has announced the establishment of an affiliate in India (IHMA India, LLP).  The affiliate will greatly facilitates IHMA’s ability to provide global services to the anti-infective industry.

There is an urgent need for new effective anti-infectives. India is a very important market and a major focus for pharmaceutical companies with anti-infectives in late-phase development. Although IHMA has worked in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies and academic laboratories in India for many years, IHMA India LLP will allow IHMA to further establish itself in India allowing for even better co-ordination and management of such studies to benefit the medical community.

“I am very pleased to be involved with the setting up of this new IHMA company, and I look forward to establishing IHMA’s suite of molecular and conventional clinical microbiology services in India,” said Dr. Tarun Mathur, CEO of IHMA India LLP.

“IHMA is very excited about our expansion into India. This new company gives us the ability and bandwidth to better support the biopharmaceutical industry’s surveillance and clinical trial needs in this region,” said Dr. Ian Morrissey, Chief Scientific & Development Officer at IHMA Europe Sàrl.

“We have been working very hard over the past 26 years to maximize our in vitro support for clients who are developing antimicrobials in a global market.  Our facility in India will greatly enhance that effort and support clients wishing to conduct studies in this important market,” said Jack L. Johnson, President/CEO of IHMA.

ABOUT IHMA

IHMA has microbiology laboratories located in Schaumburg, IL USA and Monthey, Switzerland and a business office in Gurugram, India.  IHMA has been a premier provider of antimicrobial drug development services for more than 25 years. Our laboratory facilities in both the US and Europe partner with clients around the world in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic industries. IHMA is a leading, independent laboratory specializing in surveillance studies and clinical trials, key milestones along the continuum from drug development to commercialization. IHMA utilizes state of the art technology, leading to first-class testing and data as well as sound economic frameworks. IHMA’s services can be customized to best align with its clients’ unique testing needs. This ensures successful drug development, commercialization, and post-marketing pathways.

For more information, visit the IHMA website at: www.ihma.com

CONTACT INFORMATION

Igael Hamburg
847-303-5003
ihamburg@i hma.com