Category Archives: 2009




Keating Technologies announces sales and marketing partnership with IOGEAR

Toronto, ON – IOGEAR, a leading connectivity manufacturer of networking, mobility and desktop technology solutions, recently announced that it has chosen Keating Technologies to represent its product line in Canada.

IOGEAR provides complete KVMP (keyboard, video, mouse, peripheral), connectivity, networking, A/V digital home, mobility and desktop solutions. IOGEAR’s products decrease office clutter and energy consumption, reduce electronic waste, enable computer sharing at home and in the office as well as enhance mobility and efficiency when on-the-go.

“IOGEAR has a proven track record of bringing high-quality products to consumers around the world. We place a premium on providing outstanding service to our customers, and Keating’s integrated approach to sales, marketing and support makes it a perfect fit for the IOGEAR brand,” said Doug Turner, director of sales North America for IOGEAR. “We are excited about this new relationship and working with Keating to introduce our innovative products to Canadian consumers.”

“IOGEAR brings innovation and value to a great variety of product offerings,” said Larry J. Keating, president and CEO of Keating Technologies. “With its ‘Believe in Green’ philosophy, IOGEAR has earned its reputation as an environmentally aware company. We are confident that this is a timely message that will strongly resonate in the Canadian marketplace.”

Alex Nobile, vice president of sales and general manager for Keating Technologies, adds that the outstanding functionality and capability of IOGEAR products, combined with Keating’s relationships and knowledge of the Canadian retail and VAR landscape, will form the basis for dynamic growth opportunities. “We are looking forward to bringing the IOGEAR brand of quality and innovation to Canadian consumers, SMBs and mobile professionals”.

IOGEAR’s products are distributed in Canada through Ingram Micro, Synnex, Tech Data and D&H.

For more information about IOGEAR’s innovative technology solutions, please visit www.iogear.com.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (northeast Toronto), Ontario, is a three-time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services, including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Markham, Vancouver and Montreal. For more information, visit Keating’s web site at www.keating.com.

About IOGEAR
IOGEAR headquartered in Irvine, CA, offers innovative Consumer Electronics and IT solutions that enable convergence through connectivity in the home, at the office and on the go. Founded in 1999, the company provides a broad range of products that help integrate technologies in everyday life, share resources, decrease clutter and energy consumption, and reduce electronic waste.

The company is environmentally conscious and emphasizes conserving natural resources to employees and customers through its GREEN initiatives. In addition, IOGEAR has partnered with Trees for the Future to plant one tree for every product purchased on its Web site or by members of its GREEN initiative partner program.

IOGEAR distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. For further information, please visit IOGEAR’s Web site at www.iogear.com or the company’s blog at www.iogear.com/blog/. IOGEAR can also be followed on Twitter @IOGEAR.




Overland Storage appoints Jillian Mansolf Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing

Toronto, ON – Overland Storage, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVRL) recently announced the appointment of Jillian Mansolf as vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. In this position, Mansolf will leverage her extensive sales and channel marketing experience to lead the company’s global sales and marketing teams.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jillian to our executive team as the head of worldwide sales and marketing,” said Eric Kelly, chief executive officer of Overland Storage. “Jillian is a storage industry veteran with a strong track record of success, including her tenure as an officer and executive at Snap Appliance. Her unique industry perspective as well as significant sales and marketing expertise will prove instrumental in leading the Overland sales organization while broadening our strategic marketing efforts worldwide.”

Previously, Mansolf served as senior vice president of sales and marketing at Data Robotics, where she spearheaded the company’s global sales and marketing initiatives. Prior to that, she held various executive positions at Motion Computing, Maxtor and Dell. At Snap Appliance, Mansolf played a pivotal role in doubling sales and establishing the company as the worldwide NAS volume market leader.

Ravi Pendekanti will take on a new role as vice president of business development and solutions. This executive position, which reports to Kelly, reflects the importance of integrated solutions as a major growth driver in Overland’s business. “Our strengthened executive team is well positioned to accelerate growth across all major lines of business and geographic areas,” added Kelly. “This will ensure Overland continually delivers compelling end-to-end solutions that effectively meet our customers’ requirements.”

Overland also reported that it granted inducement stock options to Mansolf who can purchase up to 120,000 shares of its common stock. Additionally, 75,000 shares have been granted to Andy Walsky, who joined the company recently as vice president of EMEA sales. The options were granted as inducements material to employment in accordance with NASDAQ Listing Rule 5635(c)(4).

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (northeast Toronto), Ontario, is a three-time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services, including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Montreal, Vancouver and Markham. For more information, visit Keating’s web site at www.keating.com.

About Overland Storage
Overland Storage provides affordable end-to-end data protection solutions that are engineered to store smarter, protect faster and extend anywhere – across networked storage, media types and multi-site environments. Overland Storage products include award-winning NEO SERIES® and ARCvault™ tape libraries, REO SERIES® disk-based backup and recovery appliances with VTL capabilities, Snap Server® NAS appliances, and ULTAMUS™ RAID high-performance, high-density storage. Overland sells its products through leading OEMs, commercial distributors, storage integrators and value-added resellers. For more information, visit Overland’s web site at www.overlandstorage.com.

Except for the factual statements made herein, the information contained in this news release consists of forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Words and expressions reflecting optimism, satisfaction or disappointment with current prospects, as well as words such as “believe,” “hopes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “anticipates” and variations thereof, identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance and the company’s actual results could differ materially from those contained in such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include: possible delays in new product introductions and shipments; failure to achieve desired benefits from cost-cutting measures; market acceptance of the company’s new product offerings; the ability to maintain strong relationships with branded channel partners; the timing and market acceptance of new product introductions by competitors; worldwide information technology spending levels; unexpected shortages of critical components; rescheduling or cancellation of customer orders; loss of a major customer; general competition and price pressures in the marketplace; the company’s ability to control costs and expenses; and general economic conditions. Reference is also made to other factors detailed from time to time in the company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release.




Overland Storage introduces REO business continuity appliance to offer SMBs simple, economical protection of servers, applications & data

Leading Insurance Underwriter Achieves Optimal RTO/RPO with Real-Time Replication, Application-Aware Failover and Failback to Safeguard Physical and Virtual Server Environment

Toronto, ON – Overland Storage, Inc. (Nasdaq: OVRL) recently introduced the REO® Business Continuity Appliance (BCA), an innovative, all-in-one solution that offers small and medium-sized businesses a highly affordable, streamlined approach for protecting mission-critical applications and data as well as physical and virtual server environments. The new REO BCA leverages Overland’s award-winning REO® SERIES disk-based backup and recovery VTL to integrate a single, cost-effective appliance with a streamlined approach for simplifying both continuous local backup and remote disaster recovery.

REO BCA automates the reliable recovery of vital data and applications at both the local data center and remote disaster recovery sites by combining capacity-optimized replication technology with comprehensive application-aware failover and failback. The result is non-disruptive, continuous availability of core business applications, such as email, databases and unstructured files, along with the ability to recover from any point in time or event. Additionally, patented point-in-time “book marking” technology enables “near-zero” Recovery Point and Recovery Time Objectives (RPO/RTO).

Other unique REO BCA features designed to deliver heightened yet affordable and uncomplicated business continuity include:

bulletSeamless integration with Windows/Linux file services, Microsoft Exchange and SQL as well as complete support of virtualized environments, including VMware, and Hyper-V
bulletNon-disruptive server, application and data migration for maximizing existing and new infrastructure investments
bulletServer, storage and network hardware independence to facilitate tiered storage strategies for robust disaster recovery
bulletCentralized management and reporting, including an Environmental Profiler for analyzing data, network and storage resource utilization

According to Ravi Pendekanti, vice president of worldwide marketing for Overland Storage, REO BCA raises the business continuity bar for SMBs with its integrated, all-in-one approach. “We’ve extended our data protection capabilities with a solutions-centric offering that ensures mission-critical data and applications are always protected without the additional cost and complexity of host- and array-based business continuity,” he says. “In doing so, Overland provides its global channel partners with a highly economical, easy to deploy and manage solution that meets end-users’ current SLAs while providing valuable insight into trends and resources so they can anticipate and more effectively address ever-increasing business requirements”.

Overland’s REO BCA is the focal point of a recently fortified disaster recovery infrastructure at RSUI, a leading insurance underwriter based in Atlanta. RSUI already relied on Overland’s REO 9100c disk-based backup and recovery appliance with compression along with the company’s NEO 4000 tape automation appliance for disk-to-disk-to-tape data protection and SOX compliance. With the new REO BCA, RSUI is elevating its business continuity capabilities significantly with real-time replication of its physical and virtual environment as well as mission-critical email and SQL databases.

For Ed Craig, senior network architect for RSUI, Overland’s REO BCA has lowered the barriers to bringing continuous data replication into his environment. “REO BCA is a one-stop solution that does it all – physical to virtual replication, block-level transfers, push-button failover and failback, load balancing, WAN optimization and more,” he says. “The appliance fit perfectly into our environment and has been instrumental in helping us get much more aggressive with our SLAs, reducing our window of data and application recovery from two to three days to less than 12 hours”.

“Despite the budget pressures brought on by current economic difficulties, organizations of all sizes know that now is when they need to be even more responsive to customers. Ensuring that all of their IT applications are protected and quickly recoverable is a critical requirement,” said Richard Villars, vice president of storage systems research at IDC. “Solutions like Overland’s REO BCA that are designed and priced for small and mid-sized business will make it make it more practical for IT managers to deploy robust data protection for their physical and virtual server environments”.

Availability and Pricing
Overland’s REO BCA comes in two configurations: REO BCA 100, a 1u appliance that starts with support for up to five application servers; and REO BCA 200, a 2u appliance that starts with support for up to 10 application servers. Application server filter drivers can be installed on new and existing application servers, requiring less than one percent resource utilization.

REO BCA is available now through Overland partners for a starting solution MSRP of approximately USD $24,000.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (northeast Toronto), Ontario, is a three-time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services, including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver and Markham. For more information, visit Keating’s web site at www.keating.com.

About Overland Storage
Overland Storage provides affordable end-to-end data protection solutions that are engineered to store smarter, protect faster and extend anywhere – across networked storage, media types and multi-site environments. Overland Storage products include award-winning NEO SERIES® and ARCvault™ tape libraries, REO SERIES® disk-based backup and recovery appliances with VTL capabilities, Snap Server® NAS appliances, and ULTAMUS™ RAID high-performance, high-density storage. Overland sells its products through leading OEMs, commercial distributors, storage integrators and value-added resellers. For more information, visit Overland’s web site at www.overlandstorage.com.

Except for the factual statements made herein, the information contained in this news release consists of forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Words and expressions reflecting optimism, satisfaction or disappointment with current prospects, as well as words such as “believe,” “hopes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “plans,” “anticipates” and variations thereof, identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance and the company’s actual results could differ materially from those contained in such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include: possible delays in new product introductions and shipments; failure to achieve desired benefits from cost-cutting measures; market acceptance of the company’s new product offerings; the ability to maintain strong relationships with branded channel partners; the timing and market acceptance of new product introductions by competitors; worldwide information technology spending levels; unexpected shortages of critical components; rescheduling or cancellation of customer orders; loss of a major customer; general competition and price pressures in the marketplace; the company’s ability to control costs and expenses; and general economic conditions. Reference is also made to other factors detailed from time to time in the company’s periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release.




Keating Technologies increases sales team – Richard Macklan joins as Eastern Region Channel Manager

Toronto, ON – Keating Technologies Inc., Canada’s leading branch-outsourcing service to the high-technology industry, is pleased to announce the addition of Richard Macklan as Eastern Region Channel Manager, to its sales team. With over 25 years of sales experience and a solid track record of partner and multi-channel development, Richard will be responsible for building partner relationships, account development and growing sales in the Eastern Region.

“We are thrilled Richard has joined the Keating team,” said Larry Keating, president and chief executive officer, Keating Technologies Inc. “His enthusiasm coupled with extensive industry knowledge and a strong channel background make him a perfect complement to our sales team.” “Richard’s understanding of client representation, commitment and strong dedication to enhancing and maintaining relationships is directly aligned with Keating’s brand,” said Alex Nobile, vice president, sales and general manager. “Keating is in a growth and expansion mode and Richard will lead in driving sales growth in the Eastern Region.” Before joining Keating, Richard was Director of Sales at Poseidon Solutions, Inc., a leader in providing electronic payment solutions to the SMB market in Canada. Previously, Richard held senior positions at Buffalo Technology, Inc., ABT Advanced Biometric Technologies, Inc, NEC Technologies, Inc., Insight Canada and Ingram Micro Canada.

Keating Technologies offers an integrated representation strategy combining customer intimacy, product knowledge and operational excellence. The company’s services focus on accelerated speed to market, operational cost-efficiencies, proven sales ability, measurable marketing initiatives and return on investment with increased customer satisfaction for its clients.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Montreal and Markham. More information regarding Keating Technologies is available at (905) 479-0230 or by visiting the Company’s web site at www.keating.com.




Sling Media launches SlingPlayer mobile for iPhone and iPod touch

Apple Approves WiFi-Only Version of Application

Toronto, ON – Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), recently announced the availability of a WiFi-only version of its SlingPlayer Mobile application for iPhone and iPod touch at the iPhone App Store. Now iPhone and iPod touch users have access to their entire home TV experience in the palm of their hand.

“With the addition of SlingPlayer Mobile to the iPhone and the iPod touch, our customers have the widest choice possible for viewing on the go,” said John Gilmore, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Sling Media. “The SlingPlayer Mobile application gives users access to the full spectrum of viewing — local channels, local sports teams, video on demand and pay per view right from their iPhone or iPod touch, as well as the ability to watch and control their home digital video recorder (DVR)”.

How it Works
When in a Wi-Fi enabled area (hot spot) connected to a Slingbox SOLO, PRO, or PRO-HD, the SlingPlayer Mobile software allows you to watch and control your living room television at any time from any location on your iPhone or iPod. Change channels, control your DVR and watch your favorite shows right on your iPhone or iPod touch. For more information, technical requirements or to purchase or upgrade a Slingbox, visit ca.slingmedia.com/go/upgrade.

Pricing and Availability
SlingPlayer Mobile for iPhone and iPod touch is priced at $29.99CAD and is available now for a one-time download at the iPhone App Store.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is a leading digital lifestyle company offering consumer services and products that are a natural extension of today’s digital way of life. Sling Media’s product family includes the internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning Slingbox™ that allows consumers to watch and control their living room television shows at any time, from any location, using PCs, Macs, PDAs and smartphones. Sling Media is also the company behind the video entertainment web site, Sling.com, offering consumers a wide variety of popular TV shows, movies and other entertainment free for viewing online. For more information on Sling Media, visit ca.slingmedia.com. To watch your favorite TV shows and movies, check out www.sling.com.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Montreal and Markham. For more information about Keating Technologies, please visit www.keating.com.




Sling Media’s award-winning SlingPlayer mobile now available for BlackBerry Smartphones

Las Vegas, International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is pleased to announce that a beta release of SlingPlayer Mobile is now available for select BlackBerry® smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM). SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones is available to Slingbox customers in the U.S., Canada and the UK and is available as a free download during the public beta period.

“I am very pleased to be announcing SlingPlayer Mobile is now available on a wide variety of BlackBerry smartphones. This has been a top customer request since we launched the original Slingbox Classic in 2005 and it gives me great pleasure to say it is now here!” said Blake Krikorian, co-founder and CEO of Sling Media. “Combining the best of breed smartphone with the ability to watch and control your living room TV remotely is a killer combo.”

SlingPlayer Mobile gives consumers their entire home TV experience, including local channels, local sports teams, video on demand, pay per view, etc. Any program that you can watch on your sofa back home, you can now watch via your BlackBerry smartphone using a standard network connection (3G Cellular, Wi-Fi®). In addition, SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry smartphone users can also control their home digital video recorder (DVR) to watch recorded shows, pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV, or even queue new recordings while on the road.

“We are thrilled that SlingPlayer Mobile is now available on BlackBerry smartphones,” said Jeff McDowell, Vice President, Global Alliances at Research In Motion. “SlingPlayer Mobile gives customers an amazing degree of control over their TV programming and significantly enhances their mobile entertainment options in a wide variety of settings.”

The following is a list of BlackBerry smartphones that are currently supported in the public beta.*

BlackBerry® Bold 9000

BlackBerry® Curve 8900

BlackBerry® 8820

BlackBerry® Curve 8320

BlackBerry® Pearl Flip 8220

BlackBerry® Pearl 8120

SlingPlayer Mobile requires BlackBerry® Device Software 4.5 or greater. To see if your phone meets the minimum requirements, please visit the following URL using your BlackBerry smartphone’s browser: http://mobile.slingmedia.com/. We will check your BlackBerry smartphone and let you know if it is currently supported or needs a software update (available from your carrier).

SlingPlayer Mobile does not require a monthly fee or other recurring charges**. During the public beta period the software is free. SlingPlayer Mobile is available for BlackBerry smartphone customers as an over the air download by simply going to http://mobile.slingmedia.com from your BlackBerry web browser.

Sling Media will be demonstrating SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry smartphones at their own booth at CES, Central Hall, #14438, as well as at Research in Motion’s Booth, South Hall, #36206.

*Sling Media continues to work with Research In Motion, to bring SlingPlayer Mobile to additional BlackBerry smartphones. In addition, device support is dependent on your location and carrier. Please reference http://ca.slingmedia.com/go/blackberry for more information and specific device and carrier support.

** Wireless charges may apply. Sling Media recommends BlackBerry smartphone customers use an unlimited 3G data plan or a Wi-Fi connection for the best results.

About Sling Media
Sling Media, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), is a leading digital lifestyle company offering consumer services and products that are a natural extension of today’s digital way of life. Sling Media’s product family includes the internationally acclaimed, Emmy award-winning Slingbox™ that allows consumers to watch and control their living room television shows at any time, from any location, using PCs, Macs, PDAs and smartphones and the revolutionary new SlingCatcher™, a universal media player that seamlessly delivers broadcast TV, Internet video and personal content to the TV. Sling Media is also the company behind the video entertainment web site, Sling.com, offering consumers a wide variety of popular TV shows, movies and other entertainment free for viewing online or on the TV using SlingCatcher. For more information on Sling Media, the Slingbox or the SlingCatcher, visit www.slingmedia.com. To watch your favorite TV shows and movies, check out www.sling.com.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies, headquartered in Markham (north-east Toronto), Ontario, is a three time winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, the company has been responsible for bringing more than $1 billion in technology products and services to Canadian businesses and consumers. Keating provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through its offices in Vancouver, Markham and Montreal. For more information about Keating Technologies, please visit www.keating.com.