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IOGEAR Launches Portable Laptop Console Crash Cart Adapter

GUC211V Enables Diagnosing and Troubleshooting of Servers, ATMs, PoS Systems, CPUs from a Laptop, Eliminating Cost and Complexity of Traditional Crash Cart Systems

IRVINE, Calif. – May 24, 2017 – IOGEAR, a manufacturer of innovative information technology products for consumers and small-to medium-sized businesses, has made it easier and quicker to diagnose and troubleshoot computers with the launch of the GUC211V Portable Laptop Console Crash Cart Adapter. Ideal for data centers, IT departments, refurbishing centers, or kiosk services, the TAA-compliant adapter greatly reduces labor and hardware costs by replacing expensive and cumbersome rolling crash carts with a single laptop computer.

Compatible with Windows, and soon Linux-based computers, the IOGEAR Crash Cart Adapter connects a laptop to a target computer via a USB Type A port and VGA port enabling the user to interact with the computer using the laptop’s display, keyboard, and touchpad. For ease of use, the Crash Cart Adapter includes a six-foot USB cable which allows ample distance between the target computer and the laptop and makes it easy to move between computers in fast-paced environments.

Key Features of the IOGEAR Portable Laptop Console Crash Cart Adapter

• Ease-of-Use – Connect the Crash Cart Adapter to a laptop and to the USB Type A and VGA ports of a target computer, kiosk or server, and run an executable file; programmable hotkeys and macros save time on common tasks; provides BIOS-level access to the target computer;

• Plug-n-Play – The hot-pluggable Crash Cart Adapter does not require any software to operate; supports DVI and DisplayPort connections using IOGEAR adapters;

• Robust Functionality – Supports bi-directional file transfer between connected laptop and computer; perform OS patching, software installation, and diagnostic testing on the remote computer; video recording and capture of remote computer, Mouse DynaSync™ automatically synchronizes the laptop and connected computer’s mouse movements; on-screen virtual keyboard with multi-language support; firmware upgradable.

“The sheer number of computers being deployed without local user consoles is increasing exponentially making it inefficient, inconvenient and often impossible, to troubleshoot and maintain them using traditional crash cart systems,” explained Irma Pietojo, Product Manager at IOGEAR. “Our new Crash Cart Adapter significantly reduces hardware and labor costs by replacing crash cart systems with a simple laptop computer. Through a single USB connection on the laptop, and a USB and VGA connection on the target computer, our portable adapter makes it quick and easy for an IT professional to troubleshoot and maintain the computer without having to carry around a separate display, keyboard, mouse, and cables.”

The GUC211V Portable Laptop Console Crash Cart Adapter carries a limited three-year warranty and is available now at a MSRP of $349.95. For more information on the IOGEAR Portable Laptop Console Crash Cart Adapter, or other award-winning, innovative IOGEAR connectivity solutions, please visit www.iogear.com.

About IOGEAR

IOGEAR, an ATEN Technology Company headquartered in Irvine, CA, manufactures innovative information technology products for consumers and small- to medium-sized businesses that are designed to help integrate technologies in everyday life, share resources and decrease clutter at home, at work and on-the-go.

IOGEAR provides consumers, small office/home office (SOHO) users, and small and medium sized business (SMB) customers with attractive, reliable, high-performance products and solutions that help them connect their devices to improve productivity and efficiency. The company offers a broad range of solutions including: KVM, A/V & Digital Home, Computer Accessories, Networking, Mobility and Gaming.

IOGEAR distributes throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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Media Contact:
Ken Hagihara
Media Relations Representative for IOGEAR
Integrity Public Relations, Inc.
949-768-4423 ext. 101
ken@integritypr.net

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Fluke Networks Introduces the DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer™, World’s First Certified Category 8 Field Tester

Fluke Networks Introduces the DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer™, World’s First Certified Category 8 Field Tester

Everett, Wash. – January 23, 2017 – Fluke Networks introduces the DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer, the first field tester independently certified and endorsed to meet all the requirements for the Category 8 field testing standard. The DSX-8000 is the latest addition to the Versiv™ Cable Certification Family, continuing the Fluke Networks tradition of designing products to help data communications installers more quickly, accurately and profitably achieve system acceptance for copper and fiber jobs.

“The Fluke Networks DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer has been confirmed by Intertek to meet the ANSI/TIA-1152-A Level 2G requirements for measurement accuracy.” said Antoine Pelletier, Project Engineer – ICT Cabling Products Testing, Intertek. “The availability of testers that meet this standard is an essential milestone in the evolution of Cat 8 and means customers can ensure their installations are standards compliant.”

With the launch of a field tester, designers and installers now have the tools they need to deploy Cat 8 in support of 25 and 40 gigabit Ethernet networks. In reaching the milestone of the first Cat 8 field tester, the DSX Series has achieved a number of breakthroughs, including:
• The first Permanent Link and Channel adapters with a full 2 GHz range, allowing field certification of TIA Cat 5 through 8 and ISO/IEC Class C through FA and I/II (Class II adapters available Summer 2017)
• The fastest test time: eight-second Cat 6A certification
• The first tester to be endorsed by manufacturers of Cat 8 solutions.
• The only tester able to test screen continuity along the path of the cabling as required for Level 2G testers.
• The only tester capable of testing the optional resistance unbalance measurements critical for guaranteeing operation of advanced Power over Ethernet (PoE) systems

“While Versiv owners report a fast payback on their investment, contractors expect their testers to last for years”, said Eric Conley, vice president and general manager of Fluke Networks. “By purchasing the DSX-8000, they can ensure they will be ready when their customers deploy Cat 8 technology. The combination of strong ROI and future proofing make this the smart buy.”

Panduit, a leading network solutions provider, has also endorsed the DSX-8000 and verified that it is the only field tester to meet all the Cat 8 requirements.

“Category 8 will offer the promise of smooth migration to higher bandwidths in the data center, with ease of deployment and significant cost saving,” stated Marc Naese, Vice President, Data Center Business Unit, Panduit Corporation.“To realize these benefits, customers will need to ensure their installation meets all Cat 8 specifications.Panduit® Labs have evaluated and endorse the Fluke Networks DSX-8000 for certification of our installations.”

Availability – The Fluke Networks DSX-8000 CableAnalyzer is available to order now from resellers of Fluke Networks’ industry leading Versiv Certification Family. For more information, please visit www.flukenetworks.com/versiv.

Resources – For more resources on the Cat 8 standard, Fluke Networks certification programs and products, please turn to www.flukenetworks.com/cat8.

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks is the worldwide leader in certification, troubleshooting, and installation tools for professionals who install and maintain critical network cabling infrastructure. From installing the most advanced data centers to restoring service in the worst weather, our combination of legendary reliability and unmatched performance ensure jobs are done efficiently. The company’s flagship products include the innovative LinkWare Live — the world’s first cloud-connected cable certification capability –introduced in late 2014. For more information, call 1-800-283-5853 (US, Canada), 1-425-446-5500 (International) or visit www.flukenetworks.com.

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MakerBot Launches New 3D Printing Solutions for Professionals and Educators

New MakerBot Solutions Address the Wider Needs of Professionals and Educators

MakerBot has launched a new solution that aims to improve the way professionals and educators use 3D printing. Its new solution includes MakerBot Print and Mobile applications that makes it easier for professionals to integrate 3D printing into their workflow and for educators to bring 3D printing into the classrooms, by reducing the print preparation time and increasing the quality of the prints.

Along with these new applications, MakerBot has made improvements to the performance of their MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+, they have introduced a more durable MakerBot Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle, and they have launched Thingiverse Education designated for 3D printing in the classroom.

For more information read the full press release, click here.

Source: MakerBot

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Cabling Installation & Maintenance Honors Fluke Networks with Three Gold 2016 Innovation Awards

Prestigious awards highlight continued cutting-edge developments by Fluke Networks for tools to install, certify and troubleshoot essential cable infrastructure

EVERETT, Wash., Sept. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Fluke Networks announced today that three of its recent products were judged by the Cabling Installation & Maintenance 2016 Innovators Awards program to be industry-leading developments. The program recognizes LinkWare™ Live with Asset Tracking, OptiFiber® Pro OTDR with SmartLoop™, and LabelLink™, a Brother Mobile Solutions mobile app integrated with LinkWare Live. A panel of cabling and communications system specifiers, designers, integrators and managers made the award decisions. The awards are intended to acknowledge the clear benefits of these tools over previous methods, approaches and products.

LinkWare Live with Asset Tracking gives contractors, cable installers and project managers the ability to track and configure testers and helps them deliver projects on time and on budget. LinkWare Live is the industry’s fastest-growing cloud-based cable certification project management service. The Asset Tracking capability makes it easy for project managers to keep track of their assets as well as the status of software and calibration of testers, informing them whenever devices need to be updated or calibrated.

Fluke Networks continues to enhance the OptiFiber Pro OTDR which is part of the Versiv line, the industry’s leading Cabling Certification System. OptiFiber® Pro with SmartLoop™ technology is the first OTDR that comes standard with the ability to test two separate fiber links in both directions from one end in a single test. SmartLoop provides instant bi-directional averaged results as required by the Telecommunications Industry Association and promises to reduce the time required for testing fiber by 50 percent or more. SmartLoop also reduces the need for fiber techs to travel to difficult to access or dangerous sites. With SmartLoop and its patent-pending algorithms for analysis, users no longer need to walk the OTDR to the far end of the link to perform bi-directional tests, helping contractors squeeze more profitability out of each project.

The LabelLink App is the result of a technology integration agreement between Fluke Networks and Brother Mobile Solutions. It makes the network and cable labeling process more efficient by making it possible for technicians to print cable and ID labels on the jobsite using data generated during the design and installation stages from the LinkWare Live platform. Cable installers can achieve greater efficiency, improved accuracy and better profitability by entering data a single time for re-use in the labeling phase of the cable installation process

“On behalf of the Cabling Installation & Maintenance Innovator Awards, I congratulate Fluke Networks on these gold awards,” said Cabling Installation & Maintenance Group Publisher Alan Bergstein. “This competitive, unbiased program spotlight the most innovative projects in the structured cabling industry. We are pleased to celebrate Fluke Networks’ gold status and recognize their contribution to the structured cabling industry”

This year’s recognition extends the acclaim for Fluke Networks ongoing and industry-leading innovation. Last year, Cabling Installation and Maintenance awarded two of their Innovators Awards to Fluke Network for the Versiv Cable Certification System and for LinkWare Live.  Both products received “Silver” level awards.

“We are honored and inspired by this recognition from such a respected organization,” said Eric Conley Vice President and General Manager of Fluke Networks. “Our team is focused on identifying ways to improve the important work performed by cable installers and technicians who operate in a competitive and rapidly changing industry.”

About Cabling Installation & Maintenance
Published since 1993, Cabling Installation & Maintenance has provided practical information to professionals responsible for the specification, design, installation and management of structured cabling systems in enterprises, data centers and campuses. Cabling Installation & Maintenance’s magazine, website (www.CablingInstall.com), email newsletters and webcasts help cabling professionals improve day-to-day operations and enable strategic planning for their networks’ optimum long-term performance

About the Cabling Installation & Maintenance 2016 Innovators Awards program
The Cabling Installation & Maintenance 2016 Innovators Awards program reviews and recognizes the most-innovative applications of cabling and communications technology products and systems within the structured cabling industry. Platinum, Gold and Silver Honorees were announced at BICSI’s 2016 Fall Conference. Criteria used in the Innovators Awards ranking included: innovation, value, sustainability, collaboration, and impact.

About Fluke Networks
Fluke Networks is the worldwide leader in certification, troubleshooting, and installation tools for professionals who install and maintain critical network cabling infrastructure.  From installing the most advanced data centers to restoring service in the worst weather, our combination of legendary reliability and unmatched performance ensure jobs are done efficiently. The company’s flagship products include the innovative LinkWare Live — the world’s first cloud-connected cable certification capability –introduced in late 2014.  For more information, call 1-800-283-5853 (US, Canada), 1-425-446-5500 (International) or visit www.flukenetworks.com.

Source: Fluke Networks

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Overland Storage’s SnapServer NAS Solution Granted Preferred Certification Status by Biotest Pharmaceuticals

International pharmaceutical company’s purchase of Snap family, and certification demonstrates Sphere 3D subsidiary’s leadership in network attached storage market

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY), a containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider, today announced that its subsidiary, Overland Storage has reached the highest level of preferred vendor status for its SnapServer® NAS product suite with a large international pharmaceutical company, Biotest Pharmaceuticals.

Established in 2007, Biotest Pharmaceuticals owns and manages plasmapheresis centers across the United States and operates a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Boca Raton, Florida. The company is a subsidiary of Biotest AG which employs approximately 2,100 people worldwide. Its scientists collaborate globally on plasma research and other academic programs, often managing large amounts of data that require secure and flexible storage solutions. SnapServer includes SnapECRTM, an encrypted replication feature which allows information to be shared securely amongst all Biotest’s pharmaceutical sites.

With more than 300,000 SnapServer NAS storage units shipped along with the award-winning GuardianOS® operating system, SnapServer continues to grain trust for protecting and managing critical information. Moreover, seamless integration with SnapCLOUDTM, the company’s virtual enterprise NAS platform available in the Azure Marketplace, enables rapid solution deployment for organizations in a secure, fast and easy way which utilizes a comprehensive hybrid cloud storage infrastructure with centralized management.

Sibrina Shafique, Sphere 3D’s senior director, product management and marketing commented, “Significant transformations in the pharmaceutical industry have led to exponential growth in research data, which at most times is generated in geographically-distributed locations. SnapServer, a widely deployed data storage solution with operational simplicity, offers high reliability and seamless growth. In a geographically distributed storage deployment, the built-in array of replication tools makes it easy to move the data around and the SnapStorage ManagerTM enables centralized management. We believe our SnapCLOUDTM, SnapSync TM and SnapServer product family is a game changer for the storage industry and puts us in a unique position to be a single source for a complete private and hybrid cloud experience.”

Biotest completed a thorough and diligent examination of many companies and selected Sphere3D’s Overland Storage subsidiary as its partner of choice to meet its global storage and solution requirements. Sphere 3D’s workflow enhancement provides Biotest with the means to access and store its research safely while accessing and moving collaborative information around the world with other medical professionals and staff. The turnkey SnapServer NAS and SnapCLOUD products enable Biotest to effectively work with its thousands of employees and colleagues worldwide and increase productivity.

About Biotest Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Biotest Pharmaceuticals is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Biotest AG, a German global provider of plasma products. The Company researches, develops and manufactures biotherapeutic plasma protein products, with a specialization in immunology and hematology and is a leader in the collection of source plasma.

Biotest Pharmaceuticals’ team of over 900 employees is part of Biotest AG’s global workforce of nearly 2,100 associates worldwide. To learn more about Biotest Pharmaceuticals, its Plasma Centers and the difference it makes in the lives of patients and the healthcare community, please visit www.biotestpharma.com and www.biotestplasma.com.

About Sphere 3D
Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY) delivers industry renowned data management, and desktop and application virtualization solutions via hybrid Cloud, Cloud and on-premise implementations through its global reseller network. 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®, SnapSync TM, NEO®, RDX® and V3®. For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com. Follow us on Twitter @Sphere3D, @overlandstorage, and @tandbergdata.

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; the timing of releases of any new or updated versions of our products; the performance and functionality 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.

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

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

Investor Contact:
Blueshirt Group
Michael Bishop
415-217-4968
mike@blueshirtgroup.com
Sphere 3D Corporation

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Sphere 3D Simplifies VDI Adoption and Expands Addressable Market with V3 Appliance Family

Integrated, turnkey hyperconverged appliances specifically designed for distributed virtual desktop environments now generally available through company’s certified Elite program partners

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY), a containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider and parent company of Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, today announces the general availability of its V3 distributed Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) appliance family. With this, the company is also introducing a new approach to architecting the fundamentals of VDI to outperform desktop centric appliances as well deliver proprietary failover capabilities. Sphere 3D calls this new approach a Distributed Desktop Hyperconvergence (DDH) architecture, and it enables simplified virtual desktop deployment and management while optimized for distributed environments.

Story Highlights

Provides one of the industry’s most comprehensive and complete solution portfolios that takes aim at making VDI accessible and appropriate for any customer, any workload with the ability to scale in any increment, whether it be 10 users or thousands.

Purpose built for VDI, V3 delivers a simple turnkey appliance family for use cases including Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO), Small/Midsize Businesses (SMB) and distributed enterprise environments.

Seamlessly integrates with existing VMware solutions and existing VDI investments for streamlined deployment and enhanced VDI capabilities.

Starts small with a list price of $15,000 and scales through workload optimized appliances that address a variety of workloads, including everything from simple task workers to professional graphics users.

Integrates Sphere 3D’s Desktop Cloud Orchestrator™ (DCO) software with VMware and NVIDIA technologies, providing desktop orchestration and automation from a centralized management platform.

Built for desktop administrators to decentralize virtual desktops and provide an enhanced user experience.

Introduces a Distributed Desktop Hyperconvergence (DDH) architecture to better align VDI with real world use cases.

Slated to be able to leverage the VMware Horizon® Air™ Hybrid-Mode capabilities for increased flexibility and expanded cloud capacity as part of VMware’s hyper-converged appliance partnership.

“The $2 billion hyper-convergence market defined in 2014 is estimated to grow tenfold to $20 billion by 2020,” said David Floyer, chief technology officer and co-founder, Wikibon.  Mr. Floyer went on to add: “Sphere 3D’s approach to Distributed Desktop Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) is a unique contribution to the HCI ecosystem, with VDI being a leading-edge workload.”

“With this launch of their V3 distributed hyperconverged appliance solutions, Sphere 3D has distinguished itself as a pioneer in delivering high performance desktops for the distributed enterprise and the SMB,” said John Fanelli, vice president, NVIDIA GRID. “Sphere 3D’s workload optimized business graphics and professional graphics offerings, powered by our NVIDIA GRID technology, are changing the business case of deployment and management of virtual workspaces by making high-performance virtualization available to a broader set of customer profiles.”

“With our V3 product family, organizations can look to a purpose-built family of appliances that are pre-tuned for optimal VDI performance and leverage existing best-of-breed technologies.  Demands on IT departments for End User Computing (EUC) solutions have traditionally put a strain on budgets and IT resources and have prevented organizations from being able to match real world use cases of physical desktops with a Cloud computing solution,” said Peter Bookman, Global Strategist of Sphere 3D. “Our new V3 solutions have been specifically engineered to match these use cases and provide the flexibility to de-risk VDI deployments through a simple building block approach that no longer requires a ‘one size fits all’ approach.”

The V3 appliance family comes pre-provisioned with Sphere 3D’s Desktop Cloud Orchestrator™ (DCO) software and also leverages VMware’sVMware vSphere® virtualization and server management software, and VMware Virtual SAN™ enterprise-class shared storage solutions, along with GPU technology from NVIDIA, to take aim at making Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) accessible and applicable to business and branch offices of any size. The V3 all-flash appliances can start with a single appliance for VDI use or a 3-node configuration for a Virtual SAN cluster. Designed to stand alone or extend and simplify existing VMware customer environments, the V3 appliances can deliver key performance and capacity advantages from a single product family with one point of support.

Sphere 3D’s DDH architecture is designed to simplify virtual desktop deployment and management for ROBO installations, and also reduces the cost and necessary infrastructure to support VDI.   DDH reduces VDI management overhead and complexity while creating desktop resilience and decreasing branch office infrastructure.  DDH is also road-mapped to use application containerization to shift the focus from storage onto end user computing, resulting in an improved user experience.

V3 appliances with DCO provide hardware awareness with real time alerts of the state of the hardware and the ability to migrate end users, on a case by case basis, from appliance to appliance for optimal performance and availability.  In addition, the new V3 family is slated to be able to leverage the VMwareHorizon® Air™ Hybrid-Mode capabilities for increased flexibility and expanded Cloud capacity in the coming months.

Pricing and Availability

Entry systems for small and medium businesses and remote offices start at a U.S.-list price of $15,000. Options for performance-intensive or graphic-based workloads that can support more than 100 professional graphic users from a single appliance are also available. The product is available for purchase through Sphere 3D’s Elite and Elite Pro FastTrack channel partners.

About Sphere 3D’s V3 Virtual Desktop and Mobility Solutions

The newest V3 product families combine storage, server and virtualization services to create unprecedented scale-out and scale-up appliances for VDI use in: private, public and hybrid Clouds. The new families are in three categories:

- V3 Smart Nodes for large centralized enterprises
- V3 End User Computing (EUC) Nodes for decentralized and Remote Office, Branch Office (ROBO) locations
- V3 Flex Nodes for smaller businesses and branch locations

Organizations can start small, with as few as 10 virtual desktops, and easily and non-disruptively scale to thousands of users with a predictable, ‘pay-as-you-grow’ approach. The V3 appliances, available in a broad set of configurations, are workload optimized to ensure that typical over provisioning in VDI can be eliminated, while also providing multiple scale points. With the preinstalled DCO software on each appliance, organizations can also overcome the performance degradation of VDI in widely distributed deployments and eliminate distance limitations of traditional VDI architectures. For additional resources, see the V3 Products Web page at http://sphere3d.com/v3-hyperconverged-solutions/.

About Sphere 3D

Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY) delivers industry renowned data management, and desktop and application virtualization solutions via hybrid Cloud, Cloud and on-premise implementations through its global reseller network.  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®, SnapSync™, V3®, RDX®, and NEO®.  For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com. Follow us on Twitter @Sphere3D, @overlandstorage, and @tandbergdata.

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; the timing of releases of any new or updated versions of our products; the performance and functionality 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.

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

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

Investor Contact:
Blueshirt Group
Michael Bishop
415-217-4968
mike@blueshirtgroup.com
Sphere 3D Corporation

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Sphere 3D’s Tandberg Data Subsidiary Introduces New RDX QuikStor SATA III, Providing Fast Backup for Hypervisor Virtualization Implementations and More

Replacement for SATA I RDX disk-based storage systems delivers 7X speed improvement; targets banking/finance, defense, telco, surveillance and many other verticals

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY), a containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider and parent company of Overland Storage and Tandberg Data, today introduced RDX® QuikStorTM SATA1 III, a removable disk storage and archive system for a seamless hypervisor integration experience with Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware for backup, archive and data exchange2. With significant performance improvements, the new RDX QuikStor delivers a 7x faster speed improvement, when compared with previous generation SATA I devices, and is designed for compatibility with all current and future RDX media cartridges.

Hugo Bergmann, product manager of RDX storage and software solutions at Tandberg Data, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sphere 3D said, “The launch of this RDX QuikStor SATA III removable disk drive is part of a program that sees our RDX platform undergo major enhancements to exceed the needs of both physical and virtual server deployments. In addition, the new offering meets the compliance and regulatory requirements for backup and archive storage for a broad range of industries while laying out the foundation for the future of SMB and SME data protection. It also enhances the level of security for customers as they transport their business-critical data.” 

Dimitri Schewtschenko, product manager at TAROX AG, and a customer of Tandberg Data, shared, “We have been a fan of RDX products since adopting our first SATA I drive in 2006. This product provides the reliability and robustness that we require for full system protection. The product just works. We are now excited about the SATA III offering as it builds upon the already impressive RDX capabilities and its design allows integration with Hyper-V and VMware server deployments.”

The RDX QuikStor SATA III interface is a third-generation SATA interface running at 6.0Gb/s and can support bandwidth throughputs of 330MB/s with Solid State Drive (SSD) and 130MB/s with current Hard Disk Drive (HDD) based media. Although SATA III specifications provide backward compatibility to function on SATA I and SATA II ports, the SATA III interface technology allows wider and better RDX integration particularly for the backup and archiving of data in professional IT, transportation and harsh environments (i.e. extreme heat, cold, vibrations, dirt and dust) including single server virtualization platforms. Moreover, this is the first RDX hardware encryption aware device with a built-in component allowing the encryption of RDX media to meet and exceed customers’ compliance requirements for backup, archive and data transportation.

Collectively these RDX enhancements provide a high performance and tightly integrated hypervisor user experience that is particularly well suited for banking/finance, healthcare, defense and video surveillance sectors that need to backup high-security application data, and for users seeking to interface RDX to virtual servers built on hypervisors such as Hyper-V and VMware.

Pricing and Availability

The Tandberg Data RDX QuikStor SATA III removable disk storage and archive system is available effective immediately at a USD-list price of $209 and a Euro list-price of €189.  For more information see http://www.tandbergdata.com/us/index.cfm/products/removable-disk/rdx-quikstor/.

About RDX QuikStor

RDX QuikStor is a disk-based storage system with removable cartridges that offers rugged, reliable, secure and convenient data backup, and is ideal for global enterprises, SME and SMB markets. The server-class device combines the benefits of tape and disk, is hardware encryption aware, and also offers powerful deduplication and data protection with AccuGuardTM software. Superior data protection and retrieval is simple and painless with RDX QuikStor. To date, the company has sold 850,000+ RDX drives with a total capacity of approximately 1.4 exabytes.  

About Sphere 3D

Sphere 3D Corp. (NASDAQ:ANY) delivers industry renowned data management, and desktop and application virtualization solutions via hybrid Cloud, Cloud and on-premise implementations through its global reseller network.  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®, SnapSync TM, V3, RDX®, and NEO®.  For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com. Follow us on Twitter @Sphere3D, @overlandstorage, and @tandbergdata.

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; the timing of releases of any new or updated versions of our products;the performance and functionality 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.  

1 Serial ATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment or SATA) is a standard computer interface for connecting hard drives into computer systems.

2 For an effective hypervisor experience, customers need 100MBs/s or more performance.  SATA III, with 300MBs/s, more than addresses this requirement.

 Media Contacts

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

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

Investor Contact

Blueshirt Group
Michael Bishop
415-217-4968
mike@blueshirtgroup.com

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InFocus Projectors Raise the Bar with Four New Lines Revolutionizing Wireless Presenting

InFocus LightCast enables the only projectors that are Miracast, AirPlay and Chrome compatible for wireless casting from any device in the classroom and the conference room

InfoComm, LAS VEGAS, NV. – June 8, 2016 — Projection and collaboration pioneer InFocus Corporation (www.infocus.com) announces four new projector lines that set new standards for flexibility, power, performance and wireless connectivity, today at InfoComm 2016. Each is equipped with the latest in technology from short-throw lenses, to embedded storage, to powerful brightness to InFocus LightCast technology, which allows native casting for AirPlay, Miracast, or Chrome to wirelessly display content and enable anyone to cast content from their own device. The new lines with LightCast include built-in whiteboard tools and a web browser to enable Internet access without connecting to a separate device. InFocus’ new projector fleet is breaking barriers to wireless projection and collaboration while offering the right solution for every user in every space and application.

InFocus IN2120x Network Projector Series

“InFocus is the only company providing customers with easy ways to connect wirelessly, from any device, and share content. With LightCast, we’ve added wireless technology to our projectors that’s compatible with content from any device, making collaboration possible with every presentation,” said David Duncan, InFocus director of projection product management. “We are offering affordable and flexible solutions that are built for any application and nearly any space, from large venues to conference rooms to brightly lit classrooms.”

The IN2120x network projectors offer high brightness with up to 4,200 lumen images, 1080p resolution, 3D capability and flexible connectivity options including HDMI and VGA, which makes them ideal for mid-sized conference rooms and classrooms that have high ambient light. While the IN2124x, IN2126x and IN2128HDx offer PC-free presentation with onboard storage and memory, the IN2124LC, IN2126LC and IN2128HDLC add wireless device casting with LightCast technology. Boasting impressive brightness, the IN2120x network projectors increases effectiveness and visibility of presentations and lessons and with minimal IT configuration needed, the IN2120x projectors connect to internal networks and sync with Crestron or AMX systems.

InFocus IN5148HD Projector

Debuting today, the IN5148HD is InFocus’ new large-venue projector. IN5148HD comes with full, crisp 1080p high-definition resolution, to show presentations the way they were meant to be seen on the big screen. IN5148HD has 5,000 lumens and can display bright images even with the lights on. Flexible 1.49-3.02 throw ratio and 2:1 zoom mean these projectors fit 90 percent of pre-existing applications with motorized lens shifting, focusing, and zooming. IN5148HDLC also comes with LightCast for wireless casting of content from any MiraCast, AirPlay or Chrome device in large format, and is HDBaseT certified for interoperability and ease of install.

For ultimate flexibility, InFocus combines vivid projection with high-quality audio in its new IN120x Series, which includes the IN124x, and IN126x, as well as previously announced IN128HDx, IN128HDSTx, with 1080p HD resolution. The low-cost IN120x projectors are perfect for classrooms and offices because each model features 4000 lumens and a high 15,000:1 contrast ratio, as well as exceptional room-filling sound. Great for installation or tabletop flexibility even when placed close to the screen, the IN128HDSTx projector has a short throw ratio, allowing users to create big pictures in tight spaces while minimizing shadows. This value-packed projector is a great fit for schools and government facilities on a budget, which are available today.

InFocus IN1110 Mobile Projector Series

Finally, InFocus has added LightCast technology to the recently released IN1110 ultra-mobile series of projectors. The affordable IN1116LC comes with built-in 4GB memory and a USB port so users can leave their laptop behind and present on-the-go, while the IN1118HDLC adds full high-definition resolution. Both are compact and lightweight projectors with the most lumens per pound for flawless performance everywhere. And now the IN1110 series make any meeting collaborative with the addition of wireless content sharing via LightCast.

The new projectors will be introduced today at InfoComm 2016 in InFocus booth North Hall, #N1417. All projectors will be available in July and can be purchased through InFocus authorized resellers or at www.infocusdirect.com.

About InFocus Corp.
InFocus, the inventor of the modern-day projector and pioneer of the category, innovates collaboration solutions that drive successful, visual teamwork in video walls, control rooms, large venues, conference rooms, classrooms and workstations throughout the world. InFocus’ end-to-end, system level, in-room and video calling solutions deliver fluid, convenient, dynamic ways to connect, share and collaborate from anywhere.

Visit www.InFocus.com or www.InFocusDirect.com. Follow InFocus on social media at facebook.com/InFocusCorp, linkedin.com/company/InFocus or twitter.com/InFocusCorp, twitter.com/InFocusEDU and twitter.com/InFocusEP.

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Media Contact

Pippa Edelen
Director of PR and Social Media
InFocus Corp.
503.702.0060
Pippa.Edelen@InFocus.com

 

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Red Hat Launches Independent Sales Representative (ISR) program in Canada

Keating Technologies and Tech Data Canada selected as ISR partners to support channel sales

TORONTO – May 4, 2016 – Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced an Independent Sales Representative (ISR) program in Canada to offer its full suite of open source solutions for cloud, Linux, middleware, storage, and virtualization technologies in collaboration with channel leaders. At launch, Canadian channel leaders Keating Technologies and Tech Data have joined the program to help bring open source solutions to a broader range of enterprise customers in Canada.

Via its new ISR program in Canada, Red Hat is aligning additional sales resources to collaborate with its partner ecosystem to provide insight, engage other experts when needed, and tailor sales approaches to meet customer needs.

Keating Technologies, a leader in integrated sales, marketing, and technical support solutions, has been engaged to provide a dedicated salesforce to focus on seeking new business opportunities for Red Hat in the Canadian marketplace. They plan to work collaboratively with Red Hat’s strategic reseller partners to bring Red Hat solutions to customers and prospects interested in the agility, flexibility, increased security, and quality of enterprise open source.

Tech Data Canada, one of the world’s largest wholesale distributors of technology products, services, and solutions, plans to facilitate the fulfillment and execution of sales transactions to meet customer expectations and to support Red Hat resellers.

The partner ecosystem is critical to Red Hat’s success as the world’s open source leader. Red Hat’s partner program, Red Hat Connect, is designed to meet the evolving needs of its partners, providing access to new Red Hat technology, training, product certification, technology adaption resources, and go-to-market tools to differentiate a partner’s brand in the marketplace.

Supporting Quotes
Luc Villeneuve, country leader and general manager, Canada, Red Hat
“Selling in Canada has its unique challenges due to our vast size. Our ISR program is a creative way to provide coverage and use the talents of our partners to benefit customers. Open source  technologies have become a default choice of IT departments around the world, and Red Hat Canada is helping some of the top brands in Canada use those technologies to compete. We are delighted to be working with top channel leaders like Keating Technologies, Tech Data Canada, and our resellers to bring Red Hat’s solutions to more customers across Canada.”

Larry Keating, president and CEO, Keating Technologies
“Red Hat offers an essential suite of open source solutions that enable Canadian businesses to drive their cloud and digital transformation strategy in a high performance, cost-effective, and quality-assured manner. This is a unique selling strategy to serve the Canadian marketplace and we are excited to be chosen to collaborate with Red Hat as one of its ISR partners for Canada. We are confident we have the sales expertise and resources to help make this program a success.”

Rick Reid, president, Tech Data Canada
“We are pleased to work with Red Hat and Keating to facilitate this initiative. We are always excited to collaborate with leaders in the channel to create new opportunities and solutions for solution providers to achieve mutual success.”

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Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

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Sphere 3D’s Enterprise-Class OverlandCare Service Brand Helps Drive Customer Loyalty and Repeat Sales

SAN JOSE, CA - ACCESSWIRE – May 2, 2016 – Sphere 3D Corp. (ANY), a containerization, virtualization and data management solutions provider, today announced that a recent campaign showed that its enterprise-class service offering, called OverlandCare, is viewed as superior and highly differentiated when customers compare it to offerings from other vendors in the same product class. The campaign targeted a portion of the Overland Storage SnapServer® data storage product installed customer base to promote additional SnapServer XSR and SnapServer XSD products. 75% of the customers that made a new purchase, confirmed their repeat buy was primarily due to the SnapServer’s unique enterprise-class OverlandCare services such as regional on-site break-fix services and a global technical support call center open 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, and 365-days-a-year.

The OverlandCare global service and support program provides a broad range of enterprise-class services that enhance the entire life cycle of the product. All of the SnapServer product suite includes these highly valuable services and support programs. By comparison, competing NAS storage solutions from other vendors in the same product class typically only include limited support options like generic email or on-line community forum support with their product warranties.

After completing the purchase of an additional SnapServer, one loyal customer since 2007, an independent realty business owner in Plainview, New York stated: “The SnapServer XSD 40 is humming along nicely; however, knowing that the XSD came with the same dependable advanced parts replacement and break-fix services made the purchase an easy choice. It was pretty simple populating the device with the extra drives you sold me, and the installation on my network went without a hitch.” He added a personal note of customer satisfaction: “I have only good things to say about Overland, its customer service and its products. I hope it lasts as long as my SnapServer 210!”

“We believe the strength and distinction of our OverlandCare service brand along with the high quality and reliability of our products have played a critical part in building our massive installed base exceeding 1 million units deployed worldwide,” said Randy Gast, Chief Operating Officer of Sphere 3D. “When companies evaluate product choices, they often forget that the competitive pricing they observe from other vendors usually doesn’t include a comprehensive global service and support offering like that of our OverlandCare.”

After Sphere 3D’s acquisition of Overland Storage in 2014, the OverlandCare service and support offerings were expanded to cover the full portfolio of Sphere 3D brands, including virtualization and containerization solutions, V3® and Glassware 2.0TM, as well as the Tandberg Data RDX® removable disk storage systems. While all Sphere 3D products come with standard warranty coverage, OverlandCare also offers additional service enhancements and warranty uplifts to provide the customer with whatever level of service and support they desire to protect their Sphere 3D product investment. Key benefits of OverlandCare include:

  • 24x7x365 global call center technical support with local language support in Sphere 3D’s key markets
  • Global logistics and product/parts distribution centers
  • Technical support call centers resourced to ensure quick response and one-call resolution with advanced systems and parts replacement support
  • Next-business-day and four-hour onsite support available worldwide in over 40 countries
  • Onsite installation services and support
  • Proof-of-concept and architectural design services available for the deployment of complex solutions within customers’ infrastructure
  • Secure self-service support web portal, including online product registration and access to services-related information such as knowledge bases, technical documentation, and the ability to track and log service calls in real-time

For more details on the OverlandCare programs and the portfolio of Service and Support offerings from Sphere 3D, Overland Storage, and TandbergData:

- Overview of all Sphere 3D Support and Service Offerings: http://sphere3d.com/support/
- Download the OverlandCare Support Programs Datasheet

About Sphere 3D

Sphere 3D Corp. (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 2.0TM, SnapCLOUDTM, SnapScale®, SnapServer®, V3®, RDX®, and NEO®. For more information, visit www.sphere3d.com. Follow us on Twitter @Sphere3D, @overlandstorage, or @tandbergdata.

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