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Combined company focused on performance analytics to enable applications and infrastructure to work better together SAN JOSE, Calif. – March 29, 2016 – Virtual Instruments, the market leader in real-time infrastructure performance management, and Load DynamiX, the leader in storage performance analytics, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which the companies will merge to create the industry’s first end-to-end infrastructure DevOps platform. To accelerate joint innovation in the multi-billion-dollar IT infrastructure market, HighBar Partners will lead a new $20 million investment round into the combined company. Additional investors in the new company include Azure Capital Partners, Kinetic Ventures and Benhamou Global Ventures, the investment fund founded by Eric Benhamou, former CEO of 3Com. Under the terms of the deal, the combined entity will retain the name Virtual Instruments and will be led by Philippe Vincent, the current president and CEO of Load DynamiX. The combination will enable Virtual Instruments to offer new and existing customers the only comprehensive end-to-end infrastructure performance analytics product portfolio, capable of delivering actionable infrastructure performance insights across physical, virtual and cloud environments. Together, Virtual Instruments and Load DynamiX will help customers proactively address the IT imperative to achieve lower cost structures and higher levels of performance within increasingly complex and disparate IT environments. Today, enterprises lack a holistic view of how application workloads interact with their underlying infrastructure. No two workloads are alike, and every data center is unique, irrespective of investments in flash, software-defined, cloud and converged technologies. Virtual Instruments offers the deepest workload visibility and storage infrastructure performance analytics to support the next-generation agile business environment. “By merging the undisputed leaders in infrastructure performance management and storage performance analytics, we’ve created a combination of solutions that no one else in the industry comes close to offering,” said Philippe Vincent, CEO of Load DynamiX. “Given the complementarity of our leadership teams and products, our customers and partners view this as the logical next step in our evolution into the new Virtual Instruments.” “The merger of these two companies is employee and customer driven,” said John Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments. “The synergies across combined product portfolios are extremely positive and should deliver real value to our combined customer base.” Virtual Instruments and Load DynamiX customers have continually asked for tighter integration between the two companies’ products, and the merger responds to that demand. Virtual Instruments’ VirtualWisdom platform analyzes the performance of the production infrastructure for IT operations, while Load DynamiX delivers the storage workload acquisition, analysis and modeling capabilities IT engineering and architecture teams need. Together, the technologies offer the best infrastructure instrumentation and performance analytics in the data center. The new executive management team includes CEO Philippe Vincent, Chief Financial Officer Kevin McDonnell, Senior Vice President of Sales Warren Bell, Chief Marketing Officer Len Rosenthal, Chief Technology Officer John Gentry, Senior Vice President of Products Tim Van Ash, and Senior Vice President of Services Bo Barker. Supporting industry quotes: John Kim, managing partner of HighBar Partners, said,Visibility into the infrastructure to analyze performance is critical for enterprises as they deploy complex heterogeneous technologies in hybrid on-premise and cloud environments. The merger of Virtual Instruments and Load DynamiX solidifies our leadership position and creates an innovative and powerful platform to advance our goal of delivering end-to-end infrastructure performance management to our customers.” Henry Baltazar, senior analyst at 451 Research, said, “The combination of Virtual Instruments’ deep application and infrastructure management tools combined with Load DynamiX’s performance analytics and modeling tools can help enterprises gain the insight required to intelligently manage and evolve their infrastructures.  This combination will provide customers with a comprehensive view of their infrastructure to help find trouble spots before they occur and to rightsize technology acquisitions.” Arun Taneja, founder, president and consulting analyst of Taneja Group, said, “I have known and worked with both Virtual Instruments and Load DynamiX since their inceptions in 2008.   I have spoken to many of their customers over the years and the value of combining the two companies is both compelling and obvious.   The infrastructure visibility and performance analytics that the new Virtual Instruments provide will help enterprises dramatically reduce costs, assure performance and de-risk their transformations.” About Load DynamiX  Load DynamiX is a storage performance analytics innovator, providing unique insight into application workload performance that empowers data storage professionals to optimize costs and assure performance by more intelligently deploying and troubleshooting storage infrastructure. The combination of advanced workload analysis and modeling software with extreme workload generation appliances gives IT professionals the ability to cost-effectively validate and stress today’s most complex physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure to its limits. For more information, visit  About Virtual Instruments Virtual Instruments delivers the industry’s leading analytics platform for Infrastructure Performance Management. VirtualWisdom® empowers customers to deliver on the complex requirements of their application infrastructure. The platform provides insights into the performance and availability of the end-to-end system across physical, virtual and cloud environments. VirtualWisdom intelligently captures, correlates and analyzes an unmatched breadth and depth of data, transforming data into answers and actionable insights. This allows the promotion and guarantee of performance-based service-level agreements, changing the value of the infrastructure. With these insights, customers can take control of their environments, accurately inform collaborative dialogues and drive business outcomes. For more information, visit

Eric Benhamou,  BGV Founder and General Partner, is scheduled to speak at Global Technology Symposium, Silicon Valley. This year the GTS summit will take place in San Francisco, March 31-April 1st.

Eric will participate in the discussion on “The New Bite of Technology,” scheduled for April 1st  from 10:20 – 11 AM. In this discussion, experts take a look at the good and bad of technology’s growth, and how it is affecting industries and markets across the globe. Discussion will focus on big industry as well as the trickle down to our daily lives.

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IntelliVision Recognized Among 20 Most Promising Video Surveillance Solution Providers 2016 by CIOReview FREMONT, CA—January 20, 2016- IntelliVision makes it to CIO Review’s top Video Surveillance Solution Providers list for its expertise in providing solid, state of the art, easy to use solutions. Annual list showcases the 20 Most Promising Video Surveillance Solution Providers 2016. The positioning is based on evaluation of IntelliVision’s specialties in being an innovator in providing smart computer vision solutions for “Video Intelligence and Smart Cameras with Analytics” and offering unique patented technology for video analytics processing, searching, video data mining and analyzing vast amounts of real-time or stored video on a device or in the cloud. The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of CIO Review’s editorial board to recognize and promote Technology entrepreneurship. IntelliVision has been selected after being evaluated across more a dozen quantitative and qualitative elements. Experts have made the decision by taking to consideration, company’s experience, industry recognition, technical certifications, market presence and positive client reviews. “IntelliVision has been on our radar for some time now for stirring a revolution in the Video Surveillance Technologies, and we are happy to showcase them this year due to their continuing excellence in delivering top-notch technology-driven solutions,” said Jeevan George, Managing Editor, CIO Review. “IntelliVision continued to break new ground within the past year benefiting its customers around the globe, and we’re excited to have them featured on our top companies list.” About CIOReview CIOReview constantly endeavors to identify “The Best” in a variety of areas important to tech business. Through nominations and consultations with industry leaders, its editors choose the best in different domains. Surveillance Solution Special Edition is an annual listing of 20 Most Promising Video Surveillance Solution Providers 2016 in the U.S. For more information, visit the website at: About IntelliVision IntelliVision is a leader in video intelligence and analytics solutions. Located in Silicon Valley, with global teams in the United States, Europe, and Asia; It serves a world-wide distribution network of partners and customers. During the last several years, IntelliVision has provided solutions for security, surveillance, and transportation and retail organizations. Its solutions are used by thousands of customers including leading government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, enterprises and system integrators. For more information, visit:

Rigorous Independent Tests Shows Isla Is Invulnerable to Web Exploits, Prevents Data Exfiltration and Provides Users a Secure and Natural Experience.
LOS GATOS, CA — (Marketwired) — 01/27/16 — Spikes Security®, the isolation security company, today announced the results of independent testing and validation of the Isla™ Malware Isolation System by two leading independent testing authorities, ICSA Labs and Georgia Technical Research Institute, demonstrating that the award-winning system meets and exceeds the security required to protect against browser-borne malware in today’s high threat environment. According to Bill Gardner, Vice President of Product Management, “Spikes Security is committed to full transparency to enable our customers to gauge the effectiveness of our solution in defeating advanced web borne malware attacks against all of their corporate systems. The security industry is famous for making unproven claims about their ability to foil hackers. We at Spikes believe it is time for industry players to step up and provide fair and unbiased testing of their products on a regular basis.” Isla eliminates browser-borne malware as a major attack vector by processing all web content on secure appliances deployed outside the network, and instantly, continuously transforming all web content — audio, video, text, and graphics — into a benign, malware-free format which is presented in an extremely low-latency, natural user experience. ICSA Labs is a division of Verizon that measures product compliance, reliability and performance for most of the world’s top technology vendors. ICSA Labs evaluated the effectiveness of Isla’s first release in early 2015 to gauge its effectiveness in protecting against advanced web-based attacks. The ICSA Labs report states: “Isla is proven to protect the client from web browser-borne malware, and is invulnerable to remotely executable exploits known within the information security community. Moreover, it does not introduce vulnerabilities or security-grading mistakes, and does not leak data between virtual sessions.” The Georgia Technical Research Institute (GTRI) is a respected non-profit research institute specializing in testing and evaluation of complex technology solutions, including advanced cyber security systems, and is a trusted government and industry resource and partner. GTRI’s evaluation of the second generation of Isla in late 2015 encompassed both rigorous security evaluation and other considerations such as system management, deployability, usability and effectiveness versus competing technologies. Results show that Isla fully delivers on security, offers quick installation capabilities with a well-designed functional management interface, and provides a familiar and functional user experience. Report highlights:
  • “GTRI believes the isolation technology implemented in Isla is effective at preventing the impact of web-based threats to end users.”
  • “Installation and setup of the Isla Appliance and Control Center (is found) to be straightforward, with adequate directions provided by the Isla Appliance Quick-Start Guide.”
  • “The Isla Control Center interface (is found) to be streamlined and intuitive to navigate.”
  • “The Isla browsing experience was not unnatural or awkward.”
“Two of the most advanced and thorough testing facilities confirm Isla’s ‘six degrees of isolation’ and re-confirm the enthusiastic feedback we’ve received from customers and partners,” said Michael Mansouri, Spikes Security President and COO. “It’s increasingly crucial that IT and C-suite executives demonstrably protect their organizations’ most business-critical digital assets, and prevent web malware attacks that might otherwise breach desktop browsers, infect endpoint devices, and allow exfiltration of confidential data and valuable resources. Isla is the answer.” About Spikes Security Founded in 2012, Spikes Security is focused on delivering secure, scalable, high performance appliance and software solutions that empower businesses with the freedom to safely leverage the web without fear of cyber-attacks. Its flagship offering is a powerful web malware isolation system that prevents all browser-borne malware from entering corporate networks and infecting endpoints, including mobile devices, without requiring installation of any endpoint software.
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Profitect’s Technology Enables Return on Investment for Every Opportunity, Integrates With Existing Retail Task Management Tools and Monitors for Resolution of Issues Leading to Increased Profits January 14, 2016: 07:55 AM ET Profitect Inc., the leading prescriptive analytics provider for the retail industry, today announced its newest customer Sally Beauty Supply, the largest retailer of professional beauty supplies in the world. With Profitect, Sally Beauty has transformed the brand’s internal and external point of sale operations by implementing the prescriptive analytics solution. After a two-week implementation, Sally Beauty Supply now has better insight into its retail value chain through Profitect’s ability to identify actionable opportunities and monitor for areas of improvement. After evaluating several retail data solutions, Sally Beauty Supply selected Profitect for its scalability, ease of use, time to value and capacity to expand throughout the retail value chain. The leading beauty retailer experienced error-free integration into an existing point of sale system within two weeks of the Profitect installation, and is now able to identify trends and patterns associated with areas of leaking profit — including shrink, damage, costing errors, waste, process mistakes, lack of training and more. This empowered Sally Beauty Supply to monitor and take action on sales operations for all of its 4,300 stores in the U.S., in addition to boosting its loss prevention point of sale needs and improving cashier operational performance through data-driven training. “Profitect provided one complete prescriptive analytics solution that enabled us to upgrade our operational performance and opportunity identification needs,” Mike Povendo, Vice President of Loss Prevention and Safety of Sally Beauty Supply. “Profitect revolutionized the way our stores operate with the technology’s world-class functionality, clarity, ease of use and detailed visibility capabilities when you need it. Cosmetologists and beauty enthusiasts rely on our expertise to provide the highest-quality beauty products on the market, and Profitect’s prescriptive analytics solution allows us to deliver on this commitment through its unique patterns and action-driven insight.” As Sally Beauty Supply continues to derive value from the solution, Profitect expects to enable the company to increase profits with its solutions management capabilities, multi-dimensional prescriptive analytics and user-driven administrative functionality. Sally Beauty Supply team members will also be able to independently manage their own needs for insights, opportunities and predictions. “Sally Beauty Supply recognized the value of prescriptive analytics and is now leading the pack as a top retailer realizing the benefits of this transformative technology. We couldn’t be more pleased that they chose our easy-to-use, self-serve prescriptive analytics solution to make an impact from finance to the retail floor,” said Guy Yehiav, CEO of Profitect. “Being able to assist in an IT and operations ‘makeover’ was a success for both the Sally Beauty Supply team and ours.” About Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SBH) is an international specialty retailer and distributor of professional beauty supplies with revenues of $3.8 billion annually. Through the Sally Beauty Supply and Beauty Systems Group businesses, the Company sells and distributes through 4,900 stores, including approximately 200 franchised units, throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Peru, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ireland, Spain and Germany. Sally Beauty Supply stores offer up to 10,000 products for hair, skin, and nails through professional lines such as Clairol, L’Oreal, Wella and Conair, as well as an extensive selection of proprietary merchandise. Beauty Systems Group stores, branded as CosmoProf or Armstrong McCall stores, along with its outside sales consultants, sell up to 10,000 professionally branded products including Paul Mitchell, Wella, Sebastian, Goldwell, Joico, and Aquage which are targeted exclusively for professional and salon use and resale to their customers. For more information about Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., please visit About Profitect Profitect leverages existing big data investments to identify, resolve, and measure opportunities for improvement by delivering actionable prescriptive analytics to the right person, at the right time. Profitect’s prescriptive analytics automates retail data and simplifies complex analytics in an easy to use interface. It identifies and corrects behaviors and events impacting sales and profitability. Also, by using unstructured data from customer comments and reviews it is able to quantify positive or negative trends for immediate action. Results are delivered automatically, directly to the person who can take action, giving them specific details of what was found, why, and how to fix it. Source: Profitect

In our third ranking in 3 months, Let’s Talk Payments has ranked IdentityMind in their list of the “21 Hottest RegTech Startups That Are Defining the Industry”. Read the Article on What is RegTech? Let’s Talk Payments defines “RegTech” as:

A relatively new term, “RegTech” refers to a set of companies and solutions that address regulatory challenges across industries, including financial services, through innovative technology. RegTech solutions are agile by nature due to the complexity and momentum of regulatory transitions. Traditionally, the technology was developed to be robust. However, RegTech can’t afford the luxury to deliver a solution for static requirements—it has to be a self-learning machine.

The list is broken down into 3 categories, dividing the companies according to UK, Ireland, and USA-based regulatory solutions, as well as two companies from Switzerland and the Netherlands.Screen_Shot_2015-12-17_at_11.35.44_AM.png According to Sean Smith, a partner in Risk Advisory at Deloitte,

“In the short term, RegTech will help firms to automate the more mundane compliance tasks and reduce operational risks associated with meeting compliance and reporting obligations. In the longer term, it will empower compliance functions to make informed risk choices based on data provided insight about the compliance risks it faces and how it mitigates and manages those risks.”

We’re proud to be featured on LTP’s list, and to be defining the next generation of risk solutions for digital commerce.


“Digital identities have finally become the focus in preventing financial crimes and mitigating risk,” said Garrett Gafke, President and CEO of IdentityMind Global. “Trust in digital commerce is built on the ability to accurately identify an individual on the other side of a transaction. We founded IdentityMind and started building our technology and database on that premise. It has taken years to operationalize this technology and grow our understanding of how clients can benefit from this information, but today we are thrilled to see the worldwide market reacting so positively to our solution. More importantly, we are deeply satisfied to be helping our clients become more productive, expand their businesses, and serve difficult markets such as underbanked and unbanked demographics. They know they can count on our technology and expertise to manage risk in a safe and reliable manner.” For more information about the list, or to learn more about our Anti-Money Laundering and Compliance services, contact us at aml-blog-cta.png

Eric Benhamou, Founder and General Partner at BGV, will be acting as the Chairman on Main Conference Day 1 afternoon at the SuperInvestor US San Francisco Conference to be held on February 1-3, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco.

The session topics are as follows:

Venture Capital: Is There A Bubble, & If So – When Will It Burst?

Fees: What Is The New Normal? Is This Satisfactory? When Should Fee Breaks Be Used & Are Current Fee Levels Sustainable?

Zombie Funds: What Should An LP Do If They Discover One In Their Portfolio?

Blind Pool Fund Investing: Is The End Nigh?

For detailed agenda, please visit


Kit dramatically simplifies deployment and management of secure, connected products with Wi-Fi and cloud connectivityOM13086_visual EINDHOVEN, Netherlands & LOS GATOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) today unveiled the LPC43S67-A70CM Cloud Connectivity Kit designed to significantly reduce time-to-market for deploying IoT products. The kit helps designers bridge the gap between unconnected embedded products to cloud-connected products without the need for deep expertise in security, Wi-Fi stacks, device commissioning, and cloud service APIs.

“The Kit makes it easy for developers to stay focused on releasing embedded products, deliver a great connected experience to all users and, ultimately, to enable product companies to realize new, recurring business models with premium product features and services.”

NXP collaborated with ecosystem partner, Zentri, known for creating a single platform stack that helps companies build connected products for the IoT market, to combine the NXP LPC43S67 microcontroller, A7001CM secure element and NTAG I2C NFC, a Murata SN8000 802.11b/g/n module, with the Zentri Secure Connected Product Platform. The kit is designed to simplify the effort and reduce the time needed to create and deploy secure, connected products such as vending machines, personal health devices and interactive displays, industrial products used for factory automation, industrial gateways and diagnostic equipment, as well as consumer products used in the home, such as washing machines and thermostats. The LPC43S67-A70CM Cloud Connectivity Kit jumpstarts all three key aspects of developing an IoT product:
  • security and connectivity of the physical device, including secure cloud-based device management for provisioning and remote management
  • developing applications for end users and connected users, and
  • protocol-agnostic cloud connectivity to support the connected functionality and services.
“Embedded product designers are under tremendous pressure to add IoT functionality to their next-generation products,” said Asit Goel, Sr. VP & GM BL Secure Monitoring and Control, NXP Semiconductors. “But mastering security, wireless connectivity, cloud connectivity, device management, and mobile app development presents most companies with steep learning curves that delay time to market by months, often years. The LPC43S67-A70CM Cloud Connectivity Kit combines security and connectivity expertise from NXP and Zentri to help developers overcome these challenges with limited in-house expertise and without compromising time to revenue.” “Zentri is excited to partner with NXP to deliver our Secure Connected Product Platform as an integral part of the LPC43S67-A70CM Cloud Connectivity Kit,” said Paul Fulton, Chief Executive Officer, Zentri. “The Kit makes it easy for developers to stay focused on releasing embedded products, deliver a great connected experience to all users and, ultimately, to enable product companies to realize new, recurring business models with premium product features and services.” The LPC43S67-A70CM Cloud Connectivity Kit includes:
  • Reference hardware: LPCXpresso43S67 board based on the NXP LPC43S67 microcontroller and A7001CM secure element, an NXP LPC General Purpose Shield, an NXP NFC NTAG I2C board, and Murata SN8000 802.11b/g/n (SD card)
  • Zentri Secure Connected Product Platform: the ZentriOS, ZentriOS SDK, ZentriDMS, and Zentri Mobile App SDK
Availability The LPC43S67-A70CM Cloud Connectivity Kit will available from NXP distributors in December. Production quantities of the NXP LPC43S67 microcontroller, A7001CM secure element, and NFC NTAG I2C are available now from NXP distributors. Relevant Links About NXP Semiconductors NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ:NXPI) creates solutions that enable Secure Connections for a Smarter World. Building on its expertise in High Performance Mixed Signal electronics, NXP is driving innovation in the application areas Connected Car, Security, Portable & Wearable and Internet of Things. NXP has operations in more than 25 countries, and posted revenue of $5.65 billion in 2014. Find out more at About Zentri Zentri is radically changing the way product companies deliver secure mobile and cloud connected products that deliver rich connected experiences. Leveraging Zentri’s Silicon-to-Cloud Secure Connected Product Platform, our customers get to market in weeks instead of years with highly secure and robust products. In addition to delivering the connected experience product buyers expect, we enable secure product authentication, seamless OTA software update, remote product diagnosis and analytics, and more. The heart of our platform is ZentriOS, a complete product operating system embedded into Zentri’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE modules or available as standalone software, cloud device management software available as a service or as a connector for your existing cloud partner, and iOS/Android SDK’s for mobile app developers. Over 600 customers trust Zentri to securely connect their products and drive deep customer engagement. Learn more at  

Zentri Labs enables companies to provide secure market-ready connected products to their customers at scale. The business unit provides domain specific connected products including hardware, embedded software, and cloud services in a fraction of the time it would take to develop products from scratch.

LOS GATOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–November 18, 2015–

Zentri Labs’ customers benefit in the following ways:

  • Offer market specific connected product by configuring a field proven product design in days
  • Harness ZentriOS, the most powerful connected product operating system for resource constrained devices, to build highly efficient and robust connected products
  • Leverage Zentri Device Management Service which enables reliable encrypted software updates, an enterprise app store for embedded product apps, and product geolocation.

Some of the successful products that Zentri Labs have deployed include in-store wireless location products for tracking consumer behavior, wireless audio control products, asset tracking products, and wireless products for commercial fitness equipment.

“OmniTrail Technologies, developers of the world’s most accurate and power efficient micro-location protocol, leverages Zentri Lab’s expertise to serve its enterprise customers. Zentri Labs has a unique and powerful model that helped us launch a connected product for our key customers without the inherent risks and delay of building a secure connectivity solution ourselves,” said Richard Fuller, Head of R&D, Omnitrail Technologies. “In addition to the product itself, we really valued the incredible support provided by the Zentri Labs team.”

Zentri Labs is led by Chief Innovation Officer, Mike Conrad, a serial entrepreneur and connected products expert. Conrad has founded three successful startups that revolutionized the connected products business and has launched a series of successful products to market. Conrad’s focus is on the drastic simplification of wireless connected product design and configuration which has been a major driver for the Zentri platform.

“The unique opportunity we have in IoT is being able to create a near market-ready product design in days. Companies can take years to do this if they don’t have a secure production-ready platform and years of accumulated knowledge of how connected products are built,” said Mike Conrad, Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Zentri. “Our customers value the speed of productization and the fact that products are reliable out of the box.”

Customers can take advantage of Zentri Labs to build innovative new products at

About Zentri

Zentri is radically changing the way product companies deliver secure mobile and cloud connected products that deliver rich connected experiences. Leveraging Zentri’s Silicon-to-Cloud Secure Connected Product Platform, our customers get to market in weeks instead of years with highly secure and robust products. In addition to delivering the connected experience product buyers expect, we enable secure product authentication, seamless OTA software update, remote product diagnosis and analytics, and more. The heart of our platform is ZentriOS, a complete product operating system embedded into Zentri’s Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE modules or available as standalone software, cloud device management software available as a service or as a connector for your existing cloud partner, and iOS/Android SDK’s for mobile app developers. Over 600 customers trust Zentri to securely connect their products and drive deep customer engagement. Learn more at

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