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Fluke Networks Teach Best Practices for Troubleshooting Wireless Network Issues

Wireless Issues: Troubleshooting both sides of the Access Point – Part 2

Webinar Details: December 1st, 2015 @ 1:00 – 1:30 PM EST

Attend this webinar to understand what you need to know AND do to identify the root cause of wireless network issues. Learn why you need to understand how to distinguish between wired and wireless.

Mike Pennacchi, expert network analyst and troubleshooting consultant with Network Protocol Specialists, will take a deeper dive into best practices for wireless, especially 802.11ac, network troubleshooting.

This is part 2 of a series and will cover:

  • Device Discovery
  • Infrastructure analysis
  • Monitoring network traffic
  • Tools recommendations

Make sure you know how to expedite problem resolution will all your wireless network issues.

And, if you missed Part 1, watch recorded webinar any time.

Webinar Details: December 1st, 2015 @ 1:00 – 1:30 PM EST

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- Blazing fast USB 3.0
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Microsoft and IronKey Team Up for Microsoft BizLab at Microsoft Tech Center

Tomorrow November 10th, Microsoft and IronKey will be presenting another “A Smarter, More Secure Way to Support Mobile Workers” informational session at the Microsoft Technology Centre. At this complimentary presentation, you will learn about IronKey’s PC on a Stick with Microsoft-certified Windows To Go, and why it is a better solution. This presentation will include a Microsoft demonstration of Windows To Go along with use cases and key insights into cost comparisons.

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Event Information

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 @ 1:30 EST

Microsoft Canada Head Office
1950 Meadowvale Blvd.
Technology Centre, 2nd floor
Mississauga, ON L5N 8L9

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Sphere 3D NEO Series Tape Libraries & Autoloaders Now Support LTO-7 With Increased Capacity of up to 140%

Overland Storage (a Subsidiary of Sphere 3D) to Deliver Data Storage Capacity Increases of Up to 140% With New LTO-7 Solutions; Hosting Webinar on November 10, 2015

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY), a containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider, today announced that its NEO Series of tape libraries and autoloaders, offered by its wholly-owned subsidiary Overland Storage, now support the LTO-7 (Linear Tape-Open 7) tape format. Sphere 3D’s support of the recently unveiled LTO-7 tape technology expands the company’s portfolio of offerings that equip large-scale, hybrid environments with lower cost, more energy efficient and increasingly reliable data storage and archiving solutions. The company is hosting a webinar, “LTO-7, Taking a Leap Forward in “Worry-free” Data Storage Solutions” on Tuesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. PST to review the latest developments related to these products.

NEO Series tape libraries provide a compelling, cost-effective and long-term storage solution by delivering best-in-class features for SMB and enterprise backup and archive applications. When configured with LTO-7, NEO tape libraries and autoloaders are designed to deliver up to 140% increases in storage capacity and more than 80% increases in data throughput.

Next-generation LTO-7 technology provides up to 15 terabytes (TB) of compressed data per cartridge, compared to the 6.25TB offered in previous-generation LTO-6 tape drives. Data transfer rates also occur much more rapidly with LTO-7 at rates of up to 750MB per second, or 2.7TB of data per hour per drive. The NEO Series tape libraries with LTO-7 technology provide customers with solutions capable of delivering up to 8 petabytes (PB) of storage capacity at speeds of up to 64TB/hour for just $.02 per GB.

“Sphere 3D delivers a diverse portfolio of data management solutions that are workload optimized to address divergent use-case scenarios and customer needs,” said Nilesh Patel, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Sphere 3D. “Tape-based storage continues to be an integral part of the data storage hierarchy as many enterprises recognize it as the most economical approach for the backup and archiving of multiple terabytes to petabytes of data. Also, an increasing number of enterprises desire a dual storage approach and leverage tape backup as an ‘insurance policy’ for long-term, off-site retention to protect some or all of their cloud-based storage.”

Patel continued, “Our customer base clearly recognizes the ongoing role tape plays as an affordable storage solution. We have seen 114% growth over the last 3 years in the amount of data being stored on tape. Also, the LTO technology roadmap anticipates 120TB on a cartridge and data rates of nearly 10TB/hour. With our NEO series, we give the enterprise the price, capacity, performance and scalability options they are seeking today, while ensuring their investment protection for the future.”

Sphere 3D’s NEO Series of products are in use by over 200,000 users worldwide in a variety of applications, including backup and archive for medical imaging, finance, education, government, oil and gas, media and entertainment, and retail. The NEO Series product range provides a variety of solutions designed for businesses of all sizes from SMEs to large enterprises.

Product Highlights

NEO XL-Series libraries address the need for midrange and enterprise businesses to do more with less by providing an effortless automated backup that combines flexibility, density, high-performance and affordability to enable data to be protected faster, smarter, more easily and cost effectively. The product family allows customers to customize their backup and archive solution by starting out as a 6 unit, 80 cartridge, 6-drive library and scaling to as many as 560 slots and 42 tape drives as customer backup and archive needs change. The NEO 8000e archive and backup system for the most demanding enterprise complements the NEOxl line by delivering exceptional functionality and storage of up to 1000 cartridges and 24 tape drives.

The NEO S-Series family of libraries, as well as our stand alone tape drives, address smaller capacity requirements by combining ease of use, compactness and affordability with 1, 2 and 4 unit solutions that range from 8 to 48 slots, and 1 to 4 tape drives.

Pricing and Availability

Shipment of the LTO-7 based NEOxl and NEO 8000e platforms, and LTO-7 media, will begin in December. LTO-7 for the NEO S-Series, and Sphere 3D desktop and internal stand-alone tape drives, will begin shipping in Q1 2016. MSRP starts at a U.S.-list price of $4,999 for a NEO tape library solution.

About Sphere 3D

Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY) delivers containerization and virtualization technologies along with data management products that enable workload-optimized solutions. We achieve this through a combination of containerized applications, virtual desktops, virtual storage and physical hyper-converged platforms. Sphere 3D’s value proposition is simple and direct—we allow organizations to deploy a combination of public, private or hybrid cloud strategies while backing them up with state of the art storage solutions. Sphere 3D, along with its wholly-owned subsidiaries Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, has a strong portfolio of brands including Glassware 2.0™, SnapCLOUD™, SnapScale®, SnapServer®, V3, RDX®, and NEO®. For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, unforeseen changes in the course of Sphere 3D’s business or the business of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, including, without limitation, Overland Storage and Tandberg Data; any failure in the functionality of the NEO Series of tape libraries and autoloaders, either independently or used in conjunction with the LTO-7 tape technology, the continued adoption by users of our NEO Series of products, any increase in Sphere 3D’s cash needs or our inability to obtain additional debt or equity financing; performance of our products; the level of success of our collaborations and business partnerships; possible actions by customers, partners, suppliers, competitors or regulatory authorities; and other risks detailed from time to time in Sphere 3D’s periodic reports contained in our Annual Information Form and other filings with Canadian securities regulators (www.sedar.com) and in prior periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (www.sec.gov). Sphere 3D undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by law.

Contact:

Media Contacts

Eileen Elam
408-283-4734
media.relations@sphere3d.com

Nick Foot
BWW Communications
+44-1491-636393
nick.foot@bwwcomms.com

Source: Sphere3D

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Fluke Networks Hosting LinkWare™ Live Webinars Beginning November 12th

A webcast series focusing on LinkWare™ Live will kick off on November 12, 2015 at 11:30AM EST with the topic “Simplifying certification test result management to increase profitability.” Each webinar will build on the next focusing on key topics to drive LinkWare™ Live and Versiv adoption.

Register For The Webinar

Upcoming Webinars Dates and Topics
December 3rd – Simplified Project and Test Management
January 7th – Advantages of Cloud Based Testing in the Datacom World

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Taking a Leap in ‘Worry-free’ Data Storage Solution Webinar by Overland Storage

Most businesses are experiencing explosive data growth. With the innovation in high performance and highly intelligent big data analytics software, customers are retaining more and more data for historical trends and valuable customer and product insights. But storing and keeping all that data on spinning disk drives can also add up large network bandwidth costs when it is time to recover that data, as well as a huge drains on limited data center floorspace.

Sphere 3D / Overland Storage, can help solve that problem in a better, easier, more affordable way.

Join Overland Storage on Thursday, November 5th 2015 at 1:00PM EST for a webinar on LTO-7, a new technology in data storage.

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Source: Overland Storage

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PCM Acquires Acrodex, One of Canada’s Leading IT Solutions Providers

Marks PCM’s Strategic Entry Into the Canadian Market

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Oct. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PCM, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCMI) today announced that it has acquired Acrodex, Inc., a leading provider of hardware, software, services and solutions to enterprise, mid-market and public sector customers across Canada for a purchase price of CAD$16.5 million. Acrodex had revenues in fiscal year ended September 30, 2015 of CAD$147 million and CAD$225 million on an imputed revenue non-GAAP basis. Acrodex is ranked as the ninth largest solution provider in Canada according to the most recent CDN Top 100 Solution Provider list. PCM expects that Acrodex will be accretive to its 2016 earnings.

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, Acrodex provides full end-to-end infrastructure solutions from initial plan and design, through procurement and installation, to full support and on-going management. The Company’s core business areas include software value-added reseller services, software asset management and hardware sales and services, including client device products, servers, storage, network, printers and a full complement of accessories and devices. Services are a significant component to Acrodex’s product mix and include managed services, cloud-based services, consulting, IT management and other IT service areas.

Frank Khulusi, PCM’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Acrodex’s successful 30-year history in Canada, tenured and strong customer and vendor relationships, impressive services portfolio and revenue stream, vast array of high-end vendor technical certifications, coveted Microsoft Canada LSP status and its 445 committed and loyal employee base launch PCM into the Canadian market in a grand, formidable manner and provide us with a wonderful platform to build from and expand. For those customers with a presence in both the U.S. and Canada, the Acrodex acquisition brings us the capability to provide a one-stop shop for their IT solutions needs.”

The strategic vendor partner relationships of PCM and Acrodex line up nicely and, as result of the acquisition, are now expected to be even deeper and stronger including our relationships with Microsoft, Cisco, HP, Dell and Lenovo among many others. Almost 75% of Acrodex’s personnel are technical professionals and many of them hold the highest-level certifications from leading partners. This technical strength is a key asset of the organization and provides excellence in service and support to Acrodex’s current and future customer base.

Karim Amarshi, Acrodex’s Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We have built Acrodex into a leading technology solutions provider and are very pleased to be joining the PCM family. PCM’s extensive capabilities, vast customer and vendor relationships, sales organization size and strength, and brand equity will bring the resources to propel Acrodex to the next level.”

Jay Miley, PCM’s President, noted, “Acrodex’s strong business fundamentals, experienced management and high concentration of services revenue is an attractive opportunity for PCM. We believe the operational efficiencies gained by combining Acrodex’s footprint in Canada and PCM’s extensive organization will drive deeper presence and scale in North America.”

PCM will address any further questions regarding this acquisition at its upcoming earnings conference call scheduled for Thursday, October 29th at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, led by Bryan S. Gadol and Randy Wood, represented PCM in the transaction. Acrodex was advised by martinwolf, a leading M&A advisory firm focused on the mid-market IT space.

About PCM, Inc.

PCM, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is a leading technology solutions provider to small and medium sized businesses, mid-market and enterprise customers, government and educational institutions and individual consumers. Including pro forma results from our acquisition of En Pointe in April 2015, we generated over $1.7 billion in revenue in 2014. For more information please visit investor.pcm.com or call (310) 354-5600.

About Acrodex, Inc.

Through uncompromising integrity, passion for our customers’ success, and a commitment to excellence, Acrodex has proven their ability to offer customized end-to-end IT solutions. With over 30 years’ experience in Information Technology, Acrodex serves large and mid-tier organizations through end-user device lifecycle management, data center managed services, procurement as a service, software licensing and cloud solutions.

Forward-Looking Statement Disclosure

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements include the statements regarding the Company’s expectations, hopes or intentions regarding the future, including, but not limited to, expectations or statements related to the impact of the acquisition on our business, operations and earnings, the continued development and growth of the IT solutions business, our ability to achieve any level of sales or operating results, the platform the acquisition provides us in Canada and North America. Forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those discussed in any such statement. Factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially include without limitation the following: risks associated with acquisitions and investments, including the challenges and costs of closing, integration, and achieving anticipated synergies expected from the acquisition; the ability to retain key personnel; each company’s ability to successfully execute its business strategies; competitive conditions in the industry; delays or reductions in spending on information technology by customers; competitive pressures, including pricing and new product and service offerings; the impact of any acquisition on relationships with key customers and vendors; business cycles affecting the markets in which the companies conduct business; uncertainties relating to the relationship of the number of account executives and productivity; decreases in revenues related to sales resulting from the loss of customers; changes in our vendors products; increased competition and pricing pressures, including, but not limited to, increased competition from direct sales by some of our largest vendors; risks of decreased sales related to the potential lack of availability of government funding applicable to our public sector customers; availability of key vendor incentives and other vendor assistance; the impact of seasonality on our sales; availability of products from third party suppliers at reasonable prices; risks of business and other conditions in Canada and the limited experience of PCM’s executive management operating in the Canadian market, which could prevent us from realizing expected benefits from the acquisition; increased expenses, including, but not limited to, interest expense; our advertising, marketing and promotional efforts which may be costly and may not achieve desired results; risks related to our ability to integrate the acquisition, including but not limited to risks of IT systems integration; risks due to shifts in market demand; litigation by or against us; currency fluctuation risks and economic conditions generally. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ are discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” and in other sections of our Form 10-Q for the 2015 fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2015, on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in our other periodic reports filed from time to time with the Commission. Acrodex sales for the periods provided herein are not necessarily indicative of the sales that may be expected for any future period. All forward-looking statements in this document are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Contact
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Budd Zuckerman
303-415-0200

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MakerBot Empowering the Makers of Today to Benefit the Makers of Tomorrow Promotion

Buy Two Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers, Give One to a School of Your Choice

For customers that purchase two new MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, MakerBot will donate a refurbished model to the school of your choice. Each 3D printer you purchase will also need at least 1-year of MakerCare®. You can participate in Buy Two, Give One at makerbot.com
or with one of our partners such as Staples, Home Depot, Best Buy, PC/MacMall, VWR, SHI, CDW, B&H, or Dell. For any questions, please review the Buy Two, Give One FAQ.

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Imation Sees Widespread Adoption of its IronKey™ Windows To Go Devices by Global 500 Companies

Popularity of IronKey Workspace Drives Fueled by Renowned IronKey Security and Ability to Equip up to 20 Mobile Workers for the Price of a Single Laptop

OAKDALE, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 22, 2015– Imation Corp. (NYSE:IMN), a global data storage and information security company, today announced its IronKey-encrypted, bootable Windows To Go USB device is being increasingly deployed by Global 500 companies. This success is due to Imation’s ability to affordably outfit mobile workers with its award-winning IronKey Workspace products. By providing superior security and centralized management capabilities, IronKey products ensure enterprise data remains safe regardless of where employees and contractors are working. As a testament to its industry-leading security, 60 major federal agencies and 10 major international government agencies have joined numerous Global 500 companies in engaging with Imation to secure their mobile desktops with IronKey Workspace.

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Source: Imation Corp.