Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Commvault and Cisco Launch Easy-to-Buy, Validated and Pre-Optimized Solution for Simplified Backup, Recovery and Archiving

--Trusted industry leaders release new reference architectures to meet increasing data growth demands with “All-In-One” solution for seamless scalability from terabytes to petabytes--

--Commvault’s support into Cisco’s HyperFlex hyperconvergence system protects data workloads and applications across virtualized and cloud infrastructures--

Tinton Falls, NJ and Cisco Live, Las Vegas, NV – July 11, 2016 - Commvault (NASDAQ: CVLT), a global leader in enterprise data protection and information management, today launched new Reference Architectures with alliance partner Cisco to give customers and partners an easy-to-buy, pre-optimized and validated solution for simplified data protection and recovery using Commvault’s award-winning Software deployed on the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS) infrastructure. Commvault also announced support into Cisco’s HyperFlex hyperconvergence system to help organizations protect data workloads and applications across virtualized and cloud infrastructures. The new reference architectures and Commvault’s support of HyperFlex were both announced at Cisco Live in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Through the new Reference Architectures, which provide a set of guidelines and best delivery methods for particular technology deployments within an IT service catalog, customers can now leverage an all-in-one solution with a single, unified backup, recovery and archive platform that lowers total cost of ownership and has the flexibility to scale from terabytes to petabytes. As a result, customers can eliminate the cost and hassle of deploying multiple single-purpose appliances with a modernized data infrastructure that provides insight and value to the business and keeps up with the pace of today’s data growth demands.

“We have had significant success using Commvault Software in combination with our Cisco UCS and Nimble infrastructure to turn our data into a significant strategic asset for our organization,” said Matloob Hussain, ICT Infrastructure Engineer, Xentrall ICT Services. “Since the original rollout, we have upgraded to the 11th version of Commvault’s data platform, which has resulted in backup times becoming significantly quicker and archive recall speeds that are on a par with accessing un-archived files, across our environment.”

The Commvault Reference Architectures, which enable customers to deploy quickly, reduce implementation risks and accelerate time to value, are available for select Commvault customers and Cisco partners immediately. More details can be found here.

“When we look for solutions to our customers’ important data backup, recovery and management needs, both on-premise and outside in hybrid cloud scenarios, we not only require exceptional technologies, but also solutions built on partnerships by trusted industry leaders,” said Tom Cahill, Vice President, Product and Partner Management, CDW.  “Through their new reference architectures, Commvault and Cisco are going to make it easier and faster for CDW to deliver the solutions that add value for our customers.”
“Today’s launch of the new reference architectures and our support into Cisco HyperFlex bring trusted industry leaders together with complimentary technologies for the benefit of customers and partners,” said Ralph Nimergood, Vice President, Worldwide Channels & Alliances, Commvault. “We are proud to team up with Cisco to address real customer pain points around ease of purchase and deployment in the form of reference architectures to reduce unnecessary hardware acquisition costs, optimize mission critical applications and limit the time to implement the right-sized solution significantly.”  
Commvault Supports Cisco HyperFlex
In addition to the launch of Commvault’s Reference Architectures for Cisco, Commvault announced support for Cisco HyperFlex, the company’s hyperconverged system combining compute, storage and networking into an easy-to-use platform built on Cisco UCS infrastructure.  

Through this support, Commvault provides data protection and recovery of data workloads and applications running across virtualized and cloud infrastructures on Cisco HyperFlex.  Customer benefits include:

  • Increased automation – Commvault software detects and classifies new VMs, and adds them to the proper backup policy. Commvault software can also automatically detect idle VMs, and safely archive them to reclaim valuable production resources.  A built-in workflow engine allows additional administrator-specified automation.

  • Scalability – Commvault software automatically load-balances across multiple backup servers to deliver a modern scale-out experience to growing datacenters. End-to-end deduplication dramatically reduces network traffic and storage space, so your managed data stays compact and efficient.

  • VM Specific Support – With Commvault software’s integration with VMWare APIs, storage owners can avoid installing agents in every VM, thereby reducing overhead. Thanks to backup policies that can be set based on VMWare metadata and a snap-in for VSphere, the management burden is eased. Full VM or individual file restore options save time and provides flexible recovery options to meet your unique needs.

Commvault helps customers on Cisco UCS protect the lifeblood of their businesses with broad support across enterprise applications. These integrations deliver application-aware backup and
recovery that is simplified and safer because it is automated and standardized, eliminating scripts and manual processes. For primary storage arrays with hardware snapshot capabilities, like those in Cisco’s converged infrastructure stacks, Commvault IntelliSnap technology can be leveraged to speed backup and recovery so customers get exactly the right protection for every application, then the data can be easily moved to Cisco HyperFlex and UCS for retention.
With Commvault’s support of more than 20 leading cloud storage platforms and devices, customers can accelerate backup and recovery seamlessly regardless of their preference – on premises, hybrid or public cloud.

Six Times a Market Leader
The new reference architectures and support into Cisco HyperFlex comes on the heels of Commvault being named a leader – for the sixth straight year – in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software. This year, Commvault was ranked furthest on the “completeness of vision” and highest on the “ability to execute”. Commvault has established itself as a leader in the data center backup and recovery market by intensely focusing on solving the problems experienced by modern enterprises as they seek to protect their strategic information assets while transforming themselves into digital businesses. For more information and a full copy of the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software, please visit:

The race for greater digital connectivity is a marathon not a sprint

A newly released report highlights that the UAE is leading the Arab world when it comes to generating economic impact from investments in information and communications technologies (ICT).  The study, entitled the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2016, ranked the UAE 26th globally, just ahead of Qatar (27th) while Kuwait (61st) was one of the world's biggest improvers, up by 11 places on the previous list.
Commenting on the report, Christophe Meunier, partner at advisory and investment group, Delta Partners, which specialises in the telecoms, media and digital space, said:

“In the race to become a truly digital economy, the UAE has just emerged as the front runner in the Arab world.
“By investing in information technologies and demonstrating commitment to digital connectivity, the UAE will fuel and protect the future health of business, and in turn, the economy. Those companies and economies that fail to take the digital transformation turn, will not only lag behind other countries, they will ultimately struggle to remain relevant in the new digital paradigm.
“In this way ICT should be viewed as the lifeblood of the commercial sector.  To continue being an attractive place to do business, having a vibrant ICT sector is therefore critical for any economy.  Going forward it is vital that there is a solid understanding of the changing landscape, and the changing roles enterprises will need to play within it.  In this sense, the Arab world has a unique opportunity to leapfrog into the digital world, if firms are capable of seeing the opportunity and avoid replicating the path of a more mature economy.  
“Businesses will need to redefine their roles and decide on a game plan to play in the new enterprise ICT environment. For instance, the number of things connected to the internet is expected to grow exponentially from ~four billion devices today to 12-50 billion by 2020, based on various estimates.  While most of the use cases today are in the consumer domain, future Internet of Things (IoT) growth is expected to be mainly driven through use cases in the business domain.
“However, for IoT to cross the chasm from early adoption to pervasive use - especially in the business segment - gaps in the IoT value chain need to be addressed particularly in enabling security, device management and aggregation. Businesses – particularly telecommunications companies - will need to redefine their roles and understand how they can supplement their central position as connectivity providers with network and partnership capabilities. They will then be able to play a meaningful role in addressing these gaps, while fostering and orchestrating an open and vibrant ecosystem.

“So, with the likes of Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the United States leading the way on the global stage, there is still everything to play for.  Qatar recently announced that spending in its "commercial sector" is projected to increase to nearly $2.8bn by 2019, with the total ICT spending by the country’s commercial sector standing at $1.9bn in 2015 according to a report entitled, "Qatar’s ICT Landscape 2016: Business." As such, against this backdrop of positivity, and with such investment already ear-marked in Qatar, the route map for growth is poised for the taking.

“As the Arab world continues to rise in the global ranks of networked readiness, there needs to be a clear understanding of the differing market dynamics at play in the ICT area. Deciding on and creating a coherent business model will be vital for local, regional and global operators to thrive in this new environment where ICT is king.”

Product Placement – Vatika Gel Cream

Dubai, UAE – 13 July, 2016 - Hair gel is one of the most important grooming essentials for modern men to mould, hold and style their hair. However, the majority of products available in the markets are chemical-based and can thus be harmful for hair on repeated usage, leading to several problems such as dandruff, flakiness, dryness, undernourishment, and hair loss. Vatika Styling Gel Cream from the House of Vatika is a unique 2-in-1 formula that provides nourishment of a cream and styling of a gel. Its unique and innovative composition fortified with trusted natural ingredients gives hair maximum hold without causing flakiness and stickiness or leaving any residue.
Available in three variants of ‘Wave’ for wet looks, ‘Slick’ for strong hold, and ‘Spike’ for extreme hold, Vatika Gel Cream’s is enriched with fixed actives and is alcohol-free. Wave with Splash Effect is a blend of aloe vera, honey and jarjeer that gives a perfect ‘out of shower’ look to hair. Slick with Smooth Shape, on the other hand, is formulated with lemon, henna and olive to provide long-lasting hold and glossy shine. Lastly, Spike with Sculpted Shape is enhanced with cactus, olive and nettle to deliver a gravity-defying hold and intense shine.

The three variants of Vatika Styling Gel Cream are widely available across all supermarkets and stores in the UAE in attractively designed 250 ml tubs.

Bentley and Shell Announce Global Framework Agreement

ProjectWise ConstructSim Improves Capital Project Construction Execution through Advanced Work Packaging

EXTON, Pa., U.S.A. – July 13, 2016 – Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced a new Global Framework Agreement with Shell. The agreement serves to improve Shell’s capital project construction execution through automated 4D/5D construction management solutions provided by Bentley as a managed service. The solution, based on Bentley’s ProjectWise ConstructSim, will be deployed as part of Shell’s ProjectVantage program. This innovative offering, which simplifies work packaging for engineering, construction, and installation, adheres to the Construction Industry Institute’s (CII’s) Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) methodology.

The Global Framework Agreement with Bentley underlies Shell’s ProjectVantage program, a multi-vendor integrated data-centric approach to capital project delivery. This industry-leading program is aimed at delivering safer and better projects faster by:
  • improving cross-discipline and supplier collaboration;
  • controlling data throughout the capital project lifecycle; and
  • applying standards and enabling replication.

Shell selected ProjectWise ConstructSim as the foundation of its construction management solution to:
  • enhance its ability to visually plan and execute work safely, avoiding premature mobilization and downtime and removing constraints that can impact safety, logistics, materials, labor availability, permits, and documentation;
  • ensure more effective “engineering readiness” through the application of advanced work packaging to improve constructability; and
  • improve field productivity, which optimizes schedule reliability, maximizes time on tools, increases safety, and mitigates risk, resulting in substantial cost savings.
Greg Bentley, Bentley Systems CEO and executive sponsor of the company’s Shell relationship, said, “Shell deserves credit for leading the energy industry to find innovative ways to continue to improve the affordability of capital projects, through the efficiency and predictability achievable through CII’s Advanced Work Packaging playbook. By championing AWP through ProjectVantage for its own projects, Shell is also helping their EPCs toward project delivery performance breakthroughs—leveraging software technologies and cloud services, for the benefit of every project. Shell’s experience to date in applying 4D and 5D initiatives on major projects corroborates both CII’s findings about productivity gains attainable through AWP, as well as ProjectWise ConstructSim’s contribution.”

Martin Swaine, Shell 4D/5D programme manager, said, “Shell has been pleased with the trend of benefits seen during our projects’ increasing use of ProjectWise ConstructSim. Together with Bentley, we look to build on these improvements with our supply chain to collectively deliver safer and better projects.”

About Bentley’s ProjectWise ConstructSim

ProjectWise ConstructSim for advanced work packaging enables project delivery teams to provide visibility into the path of construction and manage the complete work package lifecycle. Users quickly create engineering, construction, and installation work packages by immersively interacting with data-rich 3D models and drive construction based on schedule priorities and the sequencing needs of field installation. In addition, users plan work based on the actual availability of materials and resources and visualize the installation process before work begins to reveal constraints and mitigate risk. ProjectWise ConstructSim turns project data into construction tasks automatically and facilitates the integration of data from design models, engineering management systems, schedules, estimates, and ERP systems for enhanced control of crew tasks and schedules. Its reports and intuitive dashboards provide project insight into work packages, crews, and overall project performance, connecting, via mobile devices, the engineering office, the construction site, and teams in the field. 

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services.

Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2008 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions.

Additional information about Bentley is available at and in Bentley’s annual report. For Bentley news as it happens, subscribe to an RSS feed of Bentley press releases and news alerts. Visit The Year in Infrastructure Conference website for highlights of Bentley’s premier thought-leadership event. To view a searchable collection of innovative infrastructure projects from the annual Be Inspired Awards, access Bentley’s Infrastructure Yearbooks. To access a professional networking site that enables members of the infrastructure community to connect, communicate, and learn from each other, visit Bentley Communities.

To download the Bentley Infrastructure 500 Top Owners ranking, a unique global compendium of the top public- and private-sector owners of infrastructure based on the value of their cumulative infrastructure investments, visit BI 500.

"بنتلي" و"شِل" توقعان اتفاقية إطار عالمية

الحل "بروجيكت وايز كونستركت سيم" يعزز من عملية التنفيذ الانشائي للمشاريع الهامة من خلال حُزم العمل المتطورة

13 يوليو 2016
أعلنت "بنتلي سيستمز إنكوربوريتد" (Bentley Systems, Incorporated)، الشركة الرائدة في توفير حلول البرمجيات لتطوير البنى التحتية، اليوم (×××) عن توقيعها اتفاقية إطار عالمية جديدة مع شركة "شِل" (Shell). وستعمل هذه الاتفاقية على تحسين عملية التنفيذ الإنشائي للمشاريع الهامة لشركة "شِل" من خلال حلول الإدارة الإنشائية المؤتمتة رباعية وخماسية الأبعاد التي توفرها "بنتلي" كخدمة مدارة. وسيتم نشر هذه الحلول القائمة على "بروجيكت وايز كونستركت سيم" في إطار برنامج "بروجيكت فانتاج لشركة "شِل". ويلتزم هذا العرض المبتكر، الذي يبسط من حجم العمل والعمليات الانشائية والتركيب، بمنهجية تبسيط حُزم العمل لمعهد صناعة البناء.

وتؤكد اتفاقية الاطار العالمية مع شركة "بنتلي" على مشروع "بروجيكت فانتاج" لشركة "شِل"، وهو عبارة عن منهجية متكاملة متعددة المصادر ترتكز على البيانات لتسليم المشاريع الهامة. ويهدف هذا المشروع الرائد على مستوى القطاع الإنشائي إلى تسليم مشاريع بأفضل جودة وأكثر أماناً وبشكل أسرع من خلال:
  • تحسين عملية التشارك بين التخصصات المختلفة العاملة في المشروع والموردين.
  • التحكم بالبيانات طوال فترة المشاريع الرأسمالية.
  • تطبيق المعايير وتفعيل العمليات المتماثلة.

وقد قامت "شِل" باختيار "بروجيكت وايز كونستركت سيم" كأساس لحلها للإدارة الانشائية، وذلك من أجل:

  • تعزيز قدرتها على تخطيط وتنفيذ العمل بأمان، وتلافي التعبئة السابقة لأوانها وعمليات التوقف عن العمل بالإضافة إلى إزالة القيود التي يمكن أن تؤثر على السلامة والعمليات اللوجستية والمواد وتوافر العمالة والتصاريح والوثائق.
  • ضمان "جاهزية هندسية" أكثر فعالية من خلال تطبيق منهجية تبسيط حزم العمل من أجل تحسين العملية الإنشائية.
  • تحسين الإنتاجية الميدانية، ما يعزز من موثوقية تسليم المشاريع في وقتها كما يحسن من عملية استغلال المواد ويرفع من مستويات السلامة ويخفف من المخاطر، ما يؤدي إلى تحقيق توفير كبير في التكاليف.

وقال غريغ بنتلي، الرئيس التنفيذي لشركة "بنتلي سيستمز" والراعي التنفيذي لعلاقتها مع شركة "شِل": "تستحق "شِل" الثناء على قيادتها لقطاع الطاقة في البحث عن طرق مبتكرة لمواصلة تحسين القدرة على تحمل تكاليف المشاريع الهامة وذلك من خلال تعزيز الكفاءة والقدرة على التنبؤ والتي يمكن تحقيقها من خلال تنفيذ قواعد تبسيط حُزم العمل التي وضعها معهد صناعة البناء. وعبر تطبيق منهجية تبسيط حُزم العمل على مشاريعها من خلال "بروجكت فانتاج"، تسهم "شِل" أيضاً في مساعدة منفذي الأعمال الهندسية والإنشائية والمشتريات العاملين معها على الاطلاع على أحدث التطورات في مجال أداء تسليم المشاريع والاستفادة من التقنيات البرمجية والخدمات السحابية لما فيه فائدة كل مشروع. وتثبت تجربة "شِل" حتى الآن فيما يتعلق بتطبيق المبادرات رباعية الأبعاد وخماسية الأبعاد على المشاريع الكبرى نتائج معهد صناعة البناء حول الانتاجية التي يمكن تحقيقها من خلال منهجية تبسيط حُزم العمل، وكذلك مساهمة "بروجيكت وايز كونستركت سيم" في هذا الإطار".

من جانبه، قال مارتن سوين، مدير برنامج المشاريع رباعية وخماسية الأبعاد لدى "شِل": "نحن سعداء بالفوائد التي انعكست على مشاريعنا خلال زيادة استخدامنا لـ "بروجيكت وايز كونستركت سيم". ونتطلع، من خلال تعاوننا مع "بنتلي"، إلى البناء على هذه التحسينات مع سلسلة الموردين من أجل تقديم مشاريع أكثر أماناً وأفضل جودة".

Diaverum partners with Polish kidney association to run pan-European ‘Camp Krew’ for young renal patients

Munich / Krew – 11 July 2016: Diaverum, one of the leading renal care providers worldwide, is partnering with the Polish kidney association, Ogólnopolskie Stowarzyszenie Osób Dializowanych, to roll out the first pan-European summer camp in Krew, Poland. The camp, starting today, provides an adventurous vacation to 22 children suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD).

In Camp Krew, young renal patients, who have already undergone a kidney transplantation or are scheduled to receive a kidney transplant in the near future, will come together to enjoy a holiday in a safe environment, without their medical condition being the centre of focus.
“Going on a revitalising vacation is very important for patients to escape their daily routines, even more so for children. We are partnering with the Polish kidney association to give these young renal patients the opportunity to enjoy summer without any difficulties,” explains Christine Buchberger, Director Marketing and Brand at Diaverum. “Since the campers all have a similar background, they will be able to easily connect and learn from the experiences of others on how to cope with their disease.”
Diaverum and the Polish kidney association are planning to establish a series of camps over the coming years to enable more children to attend and to improve their quality of life.
“The close cooperation with kidney or patient associations worldwide helps us to understand the needs of renal patients even better and develop tailored services for them – to empower renal patients to take an active role in their health, lead a life as close to normal as possible and to make them feel safe,” states André Freitas, Operations Director and global head of Diaverum’s d.HOLIDAY programme.
After the camp, interested journalists can receive a press kit with impressions from Camp Krew.