Category Archives: 2015

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Skyworks to Acquire PMC-Sierra

On October 5th, Greg Lang, President and CEO of PMC, announced that Skyworks will acquire PMC-Sierra for approximately $2 billion and says that “the PMC team is excited to join forces with Skyworks to realize our vision of transforming the broader communications landscape through unparalleled product breadth and operational scale.”

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Microsoft and IronKey Team Up for Microsoft BizLab at Microsoft Tech Center

On October 14th, Microsoft and IronKey will be presenting ”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.

Learn More or Register

Event Information

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 @ 1:30 EST

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

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MakerBot Introduces Jumpstart on Thingiverse: A Resource Page for 3D Designers

MakerBot Thingiverse has created a resource page for those who want to start creating 3D models. They provide a list of the most popular 3D design software, ranging from beginner to intermediate level, and they are all free. Each software that is listed has a complete page with video tutorials and 3D files to work with.

View the Jumpstart page at: http://www.thingiverse.com/jumpstart

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Sphere 3D Press Release: Sphere 3D Enables Application Migration to Make the Transition to Microsoft Windows 10 Easy

Today Sphere 3D, a virtualization and data management solutions provider, announced that it’s G-Series appliances powered by Glassware 2.0(TM) Windows Containerization Technology is available for customers who are looking to virtualize production Windows applications and upgrade to Microsoft Windows 10.

G-Series Availability and Features Includes:

- The G-Series appliance is generally available to authorized Sphere 3D North American channel partners today

- For more information on the G-Series family, please go to the G-Series Product page at this link http://sphere3d.com/glassware-gseries/

- A hyper-converged appliance that provides a complete end-to-end solution for optimizing and simplifying application delivery to any device

- The G-Series is designed to integrate with Sphere 3D’s SnapServer, SnapCLOUD and SnapScale or other third party networked storage infrastructure

- The appliances scale linearly to support 1000′s of users and can scale out from local to global deployments.

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About Glassware 2.0

Sphere 3D’s Glassware 2.0 container-based platform extends the useful life of applications by making it easy to move applications from a physical PC or workstation to a virtual environment. Unlike hypervisor-based approaches, with Glassware 2.0 containers, the application’s host OS is never installed on the appliance (server). Instead, Glassware 2.0 provides only the necessary elements of the operating system (kernel) an application needs to run. Organizations with older applications can now continue to run them on robust and current hardware platforms free from fears of end of life support and security vulnerabilities. Glassware 2.0 can virtualize 16, 32, and 64-bit Microsoft Windows applications and deliver them with native functionality to most end user devices including Chromebooks, Windows 10 Devices, iPads, thin clients, tablets, etc.

About Sphere 3D

Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY) delivers virtualization technology and data management products that enable workload-optimized solutions. We achieve this through a combination of virtual 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 at the most affordable price.  Sphere 3D, along with its wholly-owned subsidiaries Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, has a strong portfolio of brands including Glassware 2.0TM, SnapCLOUDTM, SnapScale®, SnapServer®, V3, RDX®, and NEO®. For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com. 

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MatterThings Donates 3D Printed Prosthetic Hands to e-Nable to Help Make a Difference in a Child’s Life

MatterThings, one of e-Nable‘s volunteers in Pincourt, the West Island of Montreal (Quebec) Canada is donating twenty-five (25) 3D mechanical prosthetic hands for kids to help meet worldwide demand.

MatterThings is using a MakerBot Replicator 2 to build the prosthetic hand kits in PLA (Polylactic Acid or Polylactide) - a bioplastic derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch.  It takes approximately 6 hours to 3D print each kit.

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Source: Matter Things

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Overland Storage Hosts Webinar on SnapScale – The simplest and largest scale-out storage system

Learn about SnapScale®, the industry’s simplest and largest scale-out storage system starting at 24TB and scaling to 100s of PBs.

Register for the Webinar – Wednesday, September 16th 1PM EST

It includes unique innovative geographically distributed clustering technology which is also self-provisioning, self-healing and self-balancing. Learn how customers are choosing SnapScale over Isilon to simplify the data environment with a system that can both scale-up and scale-out, with the granular increments as low as a few disks.

For More Information
Overland Storage – SnapScale

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Overland Storage and Sphere 3D Host Webinar: SnapServer® Born in the Enterprise… Now Available in the Cloud

Learn How You Can Increase Your Pipeline and Offer Your Customers a Hybrid Cloud Storage Solution

Register for the Webinar – Wednesday, September 9th 1PM EST

Did you know that research from Gartner estimates that hybrid cloud adoption will near 50% by 2017? And over 19% of organizations manage hybrid clouds today with an additional 60% planning to deploy them over the next 12-18 months? SMB analyst firm Techaisle LLC validates that momentum in small businesses and finds that hybrid cloud is now being used by 18 percent of cloud-using small businesses (1 to 99 employees). That number is expected to grow to 28 percent in 2015—an increase of 56 percent.

Are you equipped with the right solutions to help customers benefit from their move to hybrid cloud usage?

SnapCLOUD™ is a hybrid-cloud ready virtual NAS appliance built on Microsoft Azure with enterprise grade data management capabilities. It is built on the same enterprise hardened GuardianOS® as the hundreds of thousand SnapServer® and SnapScale® storage appliances in data centers worldwide. SnapCLOUD has built-in (read no extra SW cost) enterprise features like high performance snapshots, end-to-end data replication, block and file-level access and central management for globally distributed private and public cloud deployments.

SnapCLOUD solves some key challenges for your customers with regards to:

- Reduce the CAPEX requirement for managing exponential data growth and convert them to lower cost OPEX model by offering pay-per-use model

- Save $10,000’s of cost by using built-in global data access and secured synch and share capability that is up to 16x faster than Dropbox

- Drastically reduce operational cost with central management of storage infrastructure from remote offices to central data center to public cloud instances

Join us for a highly informative webinar to learn how you can meet your customer’s business needs by providing:

- Cloud Bursting. This enables a business to accelerate projects or off load production environments with no upfront capital expenditure. Enterprises are seeing around 30% cost reduction by moving their development and test workloads into cloud while eliminating risks to their production environments.

- Personal Cloud Sync & Share data. With “Dropbox-like” convenience but with 16x more performance and without the vulnerabilities of public cloud storage, SnapCLOUD’s built-in Sync & Share functionality allows data to be shared between multiple devices and multiple users. No more need for expensive yearly subscription to store and access your own data.

- ‘Disaster Recovery’ site in the cloud. Enterprises spend millions on maintain backup systems that are unused for 90%+ of the year. With always on access to your primary data in the event of a failure, but using the pay for only what you use model reduces your DR cost drastically. No more need to stand up expensive data storage infrastructure in a secondary site.

Join us for this exclusive partner event to learn how you can increase your pipeline and offer your customers a hybrid cloud storage solution TODAY!

Register for the Webinar – Wednesday, September 9th 1PM EST

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MakerBot Thingiverse Announces Winners of Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenges

Five Winning Designs Help Teachers Integrate 3D Printing in the Classroom; Winners, Schools Receive MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D printing design community, is pleased to announce the winners of the education-focused Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenges. Over the course of two months, nearly 900 members of the Thingiverse community submitted designs across the five challenge categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). After much deliberation, the first-place winners in each category were each awarded a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. All of the winning designs are available free on Thingiverse.

“We are blown away by the creative designs the Thingiverse community submitted for the Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenges, ranging from solar-powered LED lamps to a gravity battery to a 3D printed version of the Vienna Giant Wheel,” said Eric Mortensen, Thingiverse community manager, who oversaw the judging process. “Thingiverse is a place where educators, designers, and engineers come together to exchange ideas, and the winning designs are a testament to the creative power and innovative potential of this community.”

The Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenges are part of MakerBot’s broader education initiative, which aims to provide teachers, professors, librarians, and students with access to the resources and tools they need to embrace 3D printing. MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers are in more than 5,000 schools throughout the United States, and 79% of teachers who use MakerBot Replicators also use Thingiverse in the classroom[1]. Teachers can use the winning designs of the Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenges in their classrooms as inspiring examples for students, or they can invite students to revisit and reimagine the designs. According to Laura Taalman, senior product manager at MakerBot, the larger goal of the STEAM Challenges was to generate “3D-printable designs that inspire people of all ages to think about STEAM topics both in and out of the classroom, and to add to the library of models on Thingiverse that can serve as resources to teachers and students in their future STEAM projects.”

Challenge 1 – Science: Make It Float
The goal of this challenge was to create a 3D model of a boat or other floating object to test the principles of buoyancy, displacement, and the scientific method. The object was required to be able to float in water while holding the largest amount of coins. The winning entry was GO-GO AirBoat by David Choi, an electronics designer in Brooklyn, NY. David’s design consists of a 3D printed boat that is rigged with a payload sensor and motor. Choi hopes the AirBoat will help teach the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, and electronics.

Challenge 2 – Technology: Light It Up
The submissions for the Light It Up challenge had to incorporate LED lights for wearing, using, or watching. Entrants were encouraged to incorporate switches and solar power in order to teach basic circuits, designing for assembly and LED components. The winning entry was Solar Hive by Christoph Queck, a mechanical engineering student from Germany. The Solar Hive is an LED lamp that consists of random, 3D printed boxes in the shape of a honeycomb. The resulting design combines geometry and electronics to create a work of art that blends in with the environment.

Challenge 3 – Engineering: Catch the Wind
In this challenge, participants designed a 3D model that harnesses the power of the wind such as a pinwheel, a bubble-maker, or a kite, to teach the principles of energy transfer and movable assemblies. The winning entry was Wind Energy Stored in Gravity by Mike Blakemore, the CEO of a software development company in Santa Barbara, CA. Mike developed a printable machine that transferred energy generated from a wind turbine into a “gravity battery.” The design demonstrates the transfer of energy from one form to another and examines a new model for renewable energy storage.

Challenge 4 – Art: See the World
The See the World challenge asked participants to create a 3D model of an outdoor landmark from around the world in order to teach how to design from a reference. The winning entry was Vienna Giant Wheel (Riesenrad) by Chris L. from Vienna, Austria. Chris’s design is a fully functional model of one of Vienna’s most famous landmarks. His goal was to create a model that was both highly accurate and easily scalable. Keeping 3D printing in mind, Chris designed, printed, and painted 15 gondolas, two stands, and one wheel.

Challenge 5 – Math: Build a Castle
The goal of this challenge was to make your own 3D printed sand castle molds to showcase innovative use of geometry, mold design, and tessellations. The winning entry was Math at the Beach by Will Webber, a collection of math-based things that can be used to enhance sand castle designs. The collection includes rollers to add texture to the sand, mathematical shape and bucket molds to create 3D shapes, polygon cookie cutters, and more.

Entries in the Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenge were judged based on their design’s creativity, printability, educational value, and relevance to the challenge topic. First-place winners received a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, and had their design featured on Thingiverse. The winning designs and all other entries are available on Thingiverse, where users can print, modify, and share the models for free.

In further support of its commitment to educators, MakerBot is also donating MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers to five schools. When the Challenges were first announced, schools were invited to explain why they should receive a 3D printer. From nearly 90 schools that applied, ten finalists were selected (full list available here).

From these ten finalists, five schools will be chosen to receive a 3D printer by the five winners of the Thingiversity Summer STEAM Challenges. With their own printer and the MakerBot 3D Ecosystem, the schools will be able to incorporate 3D printing into lesson plans and teach important skills. Thingiverse will offer additional STEAM Challenges in the fall.

MakerBot provides a range of resources for educators on the new MakerBot Education Resource Center. MakerBot in the Classroom, for example, is a free handbook that includes an introduction to 3D printing and a range of hands-on 3D design lesson plans.

About MakerBot
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot sells desktop 3D printers to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. MakerBot has one of the largest installed bases and market shares of the desktop 3D printing industry, with more than 80,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in the world. The robust MakerBot 3D Ecosystem makes 3D printing easy and accessible for everyone. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.




Sphere 3D Consolidates Global Removable Disk Market Through Acquisition of RDX(R) Product Lines From Imation

Transaction Unifies the Global Market for RDX Removable Storage Backup Appliance Offering

SAN JOSE, CA — (Marketwired) — 08/13/15 — Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY)

- Transaction will be accretive in this quarter for both revenue and gross margin;
- Market will benefit from centralized introduction of new features and capacity upgrades;
- Expands RDX market share in North America and Japan, to augment the existing strength in Europe;
- Provides greater control over the backup appliance components that form a key part of Sphere 3D’s strategy to deliver comprehensive virtualization, storage and data management for on premise, cloud and hybrid infrastructures;

Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY), a virtualization and data management solutions provider, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Overland Storage, Inc., acquired the RDX removable disk product lines and existing inventory assets from Imation Corp., (NYSE: IMN) (“Imation“) pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement, dated as of August 10, 2015, by and among Sphere 3D, Overland Storage and Imation.

The Imation RDX product lines generated approximately $14.5 million of revenue for Imation in the trailing twelve months as of June 30, 2015

“The completion of our acquisition of the RDX product lines from Imation will accelerate our efforts to aggressively pursue the purpose-built backup appliance market which is a valuable differentiator in our reference architecture for our hyper converged infrastructure deployments,” said Eric Kelly, CEO of Sphere3D. “With this transaction now complete, Sphere 3D can expand the current strong presence of our Tandberg Data business in Europe, while increasing sales in key geographies such as North America and Japan, as well as simultaneously strengthening our Global Channel Partner Network for backup appliance offerings.”

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker, the worldwide PBBA market got off to a strong start in 2015 with solid year-over-year revenue growth. Factory revenues grew 6.9% year-over-year totaling $719.3 million and capacity shipped reached 647 petabytes, an increase of 32.3% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015.

“Sphere 3D’s award winning and patented RDX removable disk technology, marketed and sold under our Tandberg Data brand, is the industry standard in enterprise-grade removable disk storage for backup, data protection and archiving, and is characterized by its very rugged design that allows the disks to be handled and transported while safely retaining data,” said Nilesh Patel, VP of Product Management and Marketing at Sphere 3D. “RDX-powered purpose-built backup appliances, like our new RDX QuikStationTM, are the ideal solution for Small-to-Medium sized businesses in highly regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services, where data must be secured, protected, archived and recoverable per government regulations. This acquisition also now makes available to our global partners our groundbreaking RDX+ software technology which is designed to increase storage capacities by 50% and more, providing all QuickStation and QuickStorTM appliance customers with future expansion to larger than 2TB capacity media.”

As part of the agreement and to ensure a seamless transition for customers, Imation has agreed to provide certain customer support services through October 31, 2015.

Transaction Highlights

- 100% stock transaction valued at approximately $4.9 million plus the net value of existing inventory of approximately $1.4 million, based on the closing price of Sphere 3D common shares as of August 6, 2015.
- Acquisition of all RDX assets owned by Imation

Description of Transaction Documents
The Asset Purchase Agreement among Sphere 3D, Overland Storage and Imation provided for the purchase by Overland Storage of the assets of Imation’s removable disk product lines and existing inventory for 1,529,126 common shares of Sphere 3D and a warrant to purchase up to a maximum of 250,000 shares exercisable at a nominal exercise price solely in connection with certain purchase price adjustments. The warrant expires within six months of registration of the shares, or earlier in certain circumstances. The agreement also included settlement of all other disputes between the parties.

In addition, Sphere 3D and Imation entered into a Lock-Up Agreement, dated as of August 10, 2015, which imposes limitations on the transfer and sale of the common shares issued to Imation at closing and requires that Imation vote its shares in accordance with any recommendation of Sphere 3D’s board of directors for a designated period of time. If the value of Imation’s common shares exceeds or falls below certain thresholds, then certain inventory-based [adjustments or true-ups] may be triggered. Sphere 3D and Imation also entered into a Registration Rights Agreement, dated August 10, 2015, pursuant to which Sphere 3D has agreed to register the resale of the common shares issued to Imation and any shares issuable upon the exercise of the warrant.

Investor Conference Call
Sphere 3D will host an investor conference call today, Thursday, August 13, at 5:00 pm ET (2:00 pm PT). To access the call dial 888-206-4893 (+1 913-981-5510 outside the United States and Canada) and when prompted provide the pass code “3735986″ to the operator. Participants are asked to call the assigned number approximately 10 minutes before the conference call begins. In addition, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available over the Internet at www.sphere3d.com in the Investor Relations section. A replay of the conference call will also be available via telephone by dialing (888) 203-1112 (+1 (719) 457-0820 outside the United States and Canada) and entering access code, 3735986#, beginning 8:00 p.m. ET on August 13, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. ET on August 20, 2015.

About Sphere 3D
Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ: ANY) delivers virtualization technology and data management solutions that enable workload-optimized solutions. We achieve this through a combination of virtual 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 at an affordable price. Sphere 3D, along with its wholly-owned subsidiaries Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, has a strong portfolio of brands including Glassware 2.0TM, SnapCLOUDTM, SnapScale®, SnapServer®, V3, RDX®, and NEO®. For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to strategic goals, plans and other matters 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, our ability to retain customers of and market share for the purchased assets, our ability to integrate the purchased assets with our existing RDX business, continued market adoption of RDX technologies, 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 increase in Sphere 3D’s cash needs or our inability to obtain additional debt or equity financing; market adoption and performance of our products; possible actions by customers, 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), and risks detailed in the Form 40-F filed by us with the SEC for the year ended December 31, 2014. 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.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

Investor Contact:
MKR Group, Inc.
Todd Kehrli or Jim Byers
any@mkr-group.com
323-468-2300

Media Contact:
Sphere 3D:
Tina Brown
Tina.brown@sphere3D.com
1-408.283.4731

Source: Sphere 3D Corp.