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BGV General Partner Eric Buatois will serve on the panel “Crossing Border to Create World Leader” at the SuperVenture conference, part of the SuperReturn International series, on February 27, 2018 in Berlin.

Panelists will address the following questions:

  • Do startups need to make the jump to Silicon Valley early on to become a global leader?
  • At what point should companies access other growth markets such as China, India and Southeast Asia?

Eric Buatois will be joined by Dick Kramlich (New Enterprise Associates), Yinglan Tan (INSIGNIA Venture Partners), and Sudhir Sethi (IDG Ventures India), with moderator Martin Haemmig (CeTIM, GLORAD).  The panel is scheduled for the second day of the event, February 27th, from 11:10 to noon at the Hotel Palace Berlin.

Registration and more information about SuperVenture located here.
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Webscale Delivers Blazing Fast Page Load Times and Unprecedented Scalability for its Customers, Enabling their Biggest Shopping Weekend in History

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – December 06, 2017 – Webscale, the E-Commerce Cloud Company, has announced the successful completion of another record-breaking holiday shopping weekend, with customers recording up to 97% increases in business year over year, while still maintaining fast, available and secure storefronts under the Webscale cloud hosting and management platform.

Over the course of the Cyber Weekend, Webscale served over 830 million page views and delivered 8127 scale out (and scale in) events across its 600+ managed storefronts, an increase of nearly 40% over the same period a month earlier, all while maintaining average response times of sub 1.1 seconds.

“This was another incredible Black Friday for Webscale and our customers. We more than doubled server allocations through our predictive auto-scaling technology, as some of our customers exceeded their own expectations of sales traffic. We continue to see that capacity planning for e-commerce today is almost impossible, and reactive server allocation brings downtime,” said Sonal Puri, CEO, Webscale. “Had these customers been in a static hosting environment without Webscale, they would almost certainly have experienced brand damage and costly downtime as a result.”

As well as ensuring its customers’ storefronts auto-scaled, and remained fast and available during the Cyber Weekend, Webscale also helped detect and defeat multiple security threats. More than 83 billion HTTP request decisions were made by Web Controls, Webscale’s simple rules-based engine for managing how an e-commerce application responds to web traffic. A significant portion of these HTTP decisions were security related, with Webscale effectively identifying and blocking massive threats over the weekend. These included DDoS attacks, as well as credit card laundering attacks, where hackers attempted to validate hundreds of thousands of credit cards using third-party payment gateways.

Holiday spending exceeded $14 billion over the holiday weekend, with $6.59 billion being spent on Cyber Monday alone, a 16.8% increase from a year ago. Research shows that more than half of those sales came from mobile devices.

Webscale’s customers’ promotions included:

  • Samuels Jewelers, kicked off their holiday sale offering savings up to 70%.
  • Rocky Mountain Oils, one of the leading direct-to-consumer essential oil companies in the world, ran a Black Friday doorbuster and hit record numbers.
  • Skinit, who sell customized cases for consumer devices, offered a 40% discount sitewide.
  • AMI Clubwear, leading LA-based provider of women’s fashions, ran their largest sale ever discounting thousands of items.
  • Slickwraps, provider of premium skins for consumer devices, offered 60% off everything.

For more information on Webscale’s E-Commerce Cloud management and hosting platform, please visit www.webscale.com

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Source: https://www.webscale.com/webscale-ecommerce-cloud-customers-double-sales/
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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Blue Cedar today announced support for Apple’s new Face ID—the revolutionary facial recognition technology that allows iPhone X users to unlock their phones with a quick glance at the screen. Blue Cedar’s innovative authentication code enables customers to use Face ID to securely log into a Blue Cedar-protected app or group of apps on iPhone X—including many popular apps that pre-date the iPhone X. This new capability extends an even greater level of convenience than Blue Cedar’s current biometric technology, which helps users securely access apps via fingerprint per the Touch ID technology introduced with Apple’s iPhone 6.

“We’re excited to offer the innovative capability of integrating Face ID authentication into any app secured by Blue Cedar’s technology, without the need for any code changes by developers,” said Kevin Fox, co-founder and CTO at Blue Cedar. “Our configurable Local App Authentication policy now allows any enterprise mobile app to be unlocked with the same ease and convenience that iPhone X owners use to access their phones. Blue Cedar’s technology allows us to intercept and encrypt network and data-at-rest operations, and when coupled with Face ID, is completely transparent to the user. We are proud to deliver such a critical feature that ultimately offers zero compromise between security and ease-of-use.”


Magic Under the Hood

While the user experience itself is seamless, there is nothing simple about the technological innovation under the hood to achieve this essential security feat. Just as Blue Cedar offered fingerprint access to apps via the APIs (application programming interfaces) in Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS, the company now also offers Face ID support via those APIs for any app on supported hardware through its revolutionary code injection technology.

Face ID uses a variety of sophisticated technologies, including facial mapping that analyzes more than 30,000 points on the user’s face, to create a detailed depth map that enables the iPhone to recognize the user even with glasses, facial hair, or a hat. Neural network technology safeguards against spoofing by masks or other techniques, and infrared sensors ensure that Face ID works in the dark. Blue Cedar customers benefit from these same technologies in accessing their protected apps.

Additionally, Blue Cedar’s new authentication code can be injected into older apps that were built before Face ID technology became available, allowing users to log into these apps with just their face and without requiring developers to go back to update the apps.

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Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171205005086/en/Blue-Cedar-Announces-Authentication-Support-Apple%E2%80%99s-Face/?feedref=JjAwJuNHiystnCoBq_hl-fqXyBvmekC3Xq1G1wQ7hjMFbZM1ntlKeK-8bUzJqFSVSfe41V1BKA-b6v2ZVrSSNs-dUYKiDvY7XniNSqv88QcY1Ge_vf9QI 

December 05, 2017 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Virtual Instruments Extends Deep Infrastructure Visibility and Performance Insights to Key Business and Application Stakeholders Throughout the Enterprise with Breakthrough App-centric Version of VirtualWisdom

New Generation of Industry’s Most Comprehensive Infrastructure Performance Monitoring & Analytics Platform Signals the Beginning of the App-centric IPM Era

San Jose, Calif., December 5, 2017 – Virtual Instruments, the leader in application-centric infrastructure performance management (IPM), today announced a breakthrough new version of VirtualWisdom, the industry’s most comprehensive infrastructure performance monitoring and analytics platform. By visualizing the infrastructure in the context of the application, VirtualWisdom enables organizations to accelerate digital transformation, improve business agility and proactively manage the cost and performance of their enterprise data centers.

The modern enterprise data center offers the promise of improved business agility in addition to providing a scalable foundation for an enterprise’s business-critical applications. However, the reality is that the scale and complexity associated with these highly virtualized, multi-vendor environments is beyond human comprehension. Legacy silo-centric monitoring tools only provide limited visibility into the various components of the underlying infrastructure. These tools have no understanding of how applications relate to infrastructure or the relative business value of the applications running on the infrastructure. As a result, application owners and line-of-business (LOB) managers aren’t aligned with the infrastructure teams on how to proactively assure application performance, control costs and reduce risk within their constantly changing data centers.

The solution lies in managing infrastructure from an application-centric point of view. The landmark new release of VirtualWisdom achieves this by holistically monitoring, analyzing and optimizing the performance, utilization and health of IT infrastructure within the context of the application. By discovering and mapping applications to the infrastructure, associating their business critically and applying self-learning-based analytics, VirtualWisdom enables enterprises to guarantee performance-based service level agreements (SLAs) for key stakeholders within the organization, including application owners, LOB owners and IT operations teams.

The new VirtualWisdom app-centric IPM platform is comprised of three key capabilities: Application Service Assurance; Workload and Capacity Optimization; and Problem Resolution and Avoidance. These are enabled by Virtual Instruments’ highly scalable wire and machine data instrumentation and app-centric analytics. The integrated capabilities provide deep infrastructure insights to every team relying upon the performance and availability of business-critical applications. As a result, the new release of VirtualWisdom enables proactive performance management and signals the beginning of the app-centric IPM era by establishing it as the best approach to managing the next generation data center.

“The research we’ve conducted indicates increasing infrastructure complexity is the primary inhibitor to enabling comprehensive, application-focused IT service delivery,” noted Steve Brasen, Research Director with IT industry analyst firm Enterprise Management Associates. “To meet rapidly evolving requirements for highly available and optimally performing IT services, organizations require holistic visibility across their entire IT ecosystems that analytically maps application performance directly to the underlying infrastructure and enables the dynamic placement of workloads. This latest release of VirtualWisdom enhances the platform’s app-centric IPM approach to deliver what is, to date, the most comprehensive IT infrastructure visibility attainable from a single pane of glass.”

Features and benefits of the new version of VirtualWisdom include:

  • Application Service Assurance analytics align infrastructure performance with application requirements by:
    • Providing executive and LOB visibility through easy-to-use executive and application-level dashboards
    • Enabling Tiered Service Level policies to assure the performance of business-critical applications running on shared infrastructure
    • Discovering and mapping application usage of dynamic and virtualized infrastructure

  • Workload and Capacity Optimization analytics proactively manage workloads and capacity from the VM to the storage array by:
    • Optimizing end-to-end workload placement across VM, network and storage
    • Proactively detecting potential performance issues and optimization opportunities through seasonal behavior analytics

  • Problem Resolution and Avoidance analytics enable IT teams to proactively collaborate, troubleshoot and diagnose complex performance issues by:
    • Offering Investigation Runbooks that provide guided analytics to identify and resolve issues for every alarm type, while enabling chat-ops to improve cross-team collaboration
    • Detecting anomalies, and automatically comparing to performance baselines to detect and correlate potential root causes of issues

  • Scalable Instrumentation enables deep wire and machine data collection across the data center in real-time by:
    • Adding deeper visibility of software defined data centers and Hyper-converged infrastructure including VX:Rails, Nutanix, Simplivity, vSAN, ScaleIO and Netflow
    • Expanding high fidelity wire data support for NAS and SAN to include SMB and FCoE protocols, respectively

“As the leading provider of real-time monitoring solutions, we have an intimate understanding of the enormous challenges created when an enterprise lacks insight into the infrastructure supporting their business applications,” said Philippe Vincent, CEO of Virtual Instruments. “With the new release of VirtualWisdom, we’re able to remove the anxiety our customers felt by ‘flying blind’ with their business-critical applications. By leveraging VirtualWisdom to take an app-centric approach to the management of their infrastructures, IT operations and architecture teams can collaboratively work with their application owners and business unit executives to proactively optimize the performance and cost of the supporting infrastructure. This increases business agility and the overall value of the infrastructure to the business.”

VirtualWisdom 5.4 is available at the end of December, and to learn more about Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom platform, please visit: http://www.virtualinstruments.com/virtual-wisdom/     

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Source: http://www.virtualinstruments.com/press/virtual-instruments-extends-deep-infrastructure-visibility-performance-insights-key-business-application-stakeholders-throughout-enterprise-breakthrough-app-centric-version-virt/

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