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IOGEAR Extends Industry-Leading Family of Connectivity Solutions with Launch of Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station

GTD733 Enables Users to Create the Ultimate 5K or Dual 4K Display, and Transfer Data at Speeds up to 40Gbps Through a Single Thunderbolt 3/USB-C Expansion Port

IRVINE, Calif. – July 10, 2017 – IOGEAR, a manufacturer of innovative information technology products for consumers and small- to medium-sized businesses, today announced the availability of the GTD733 Thunderbolt 3 Quantum Docking Station. The new docking station provides a robust, high-speed solution for connecting external monitors, storage devices, and computer accessories to a MacBook Pro or Windows laptop using a single Thunderbolt 3 port. Continue reading

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Fluke Networks’ LinkWare™ Live Reaches Industry Milestone, Five Million Certification Test Results Uploaded to Date

The industry’s fastest growing cloud-based cable certification project management system currently averages 300,000 results per month

Everett, Wash., July 10, 2017 – Fluke Networks today announced that its cloud-based LinkWare Live service has reached a significant milestone – contractors and cable installers have uploaded more than five million test results to date. Today’s installers are able manage and analyze complex certification jobs and upload the results from anywhere with Fluke Networks Versiv family of testers via LinkWare Live.

Installers are reaping the benefits of more efficient workflows based on LinkWare Live. Technicians upload results from the jobsite over Wi-Fi, avoiding the time and expense of driving testers back to the office. Project Managers can set up testers, track job progress, and receive notification of testing mistakes, even while away from the jobsite. LinkWare Live also tracks the last used location and calibration status of testers, reducing project delays. Jobs get done faster, and reports delivered to customers sooner, leading contractors to report gains of up to 20 percent in efficiency.

The use of LinkWare Live by customers is accelerating, now averaging over 300,000 test results uploaded per month – up nearly 50 percent from just 12 months ago, making it the industry’s fastest-growing cloud-based cable certification project management service.

During Beta Testing PowerCOM Recognized LinkWare Live Would Increase Productivity and Profits

Pacific Northwest-based PowerCOM has been using LinkWare Live for two years, starting as a beta tester and was instrumental in the development of Fluke Networks’ cloud service. Today PowerCOM uses LinkWare Live to manage, test and certify copper and fiber cabling it installs in large construction projects to ensure that the communication solutions it provides are stable and reliable for its business customers, which include some of the largest companies in the Pacific Northwest.

“Being able to remotely set-up projects with LinkWare Live has eliminated return trips to customer sites caused by invalid test reports due to improper test set-up. This has significantly reduced the time wasted and total miles driven by employees and cut down on wear and tear to our vehicle fleet. We saw these same benefits during beta testing,” said C.J. Santeford, Operations Manager for PowerCOM Bothell, Wash. office who headed up the company’s use of Fluke Networks LinkWare Live starting with beta testing the cloud service. “LinkWare Live has improved our productivity on projects and increased profits by reducing the amount of time and labor spent tracking down test units and downloading and reporting test results.”

Point 1 Relies on LinkWare Live to Manage Increased Demand for Fiber Installation Services

Two years ago, Point 1 started experiencing a surge in demand for fiber installation, troubleshooting and certification. The Livermore, California-based contractor jumped on the opportunity and standardized on Fluke Networks Versiv family of testers, and adopted the LinkWare Live cloud-based service to improve planning and management of projects and testers, and streamline the process of reporting certification results to its clients, which range from data centers to healthcare providers. They also took advantage of LinkWare Live’s integration with the Brother LabelLink application to quickly generate labels from the LinkWare Live database.

“Fluke Networks Versiv testers and LinkWare Live provide Point 1 the ability to demonstrate superior job control and provide quick response to clients, saving all parties time and money,” said Bob Figone, Group Executive for Point 1. “LinkWare Live gives us the means to provide our clients professional cable certification, identification, location, and fault prevention services across all of their projects, no matter where they are located.”

LinkWare Live Helps E2 Optics Deliver Enterprise-Grade Services on World’s Most Complex Data Center Jobs

E2 Optics specializes in designing, engineering and installing structured cabling and advanced IT systems for companies who own and operate the world’s largest and most complex data centers. These world-class technology companies turn to E2 given its expertise and unique approach in delivering enterprise-grade technology and customer service. Today, E2 has more than 250 employees working on projects in North America and Europe, and it’s one of the fastest-growing structured cabling companies in the U.S.

“E2 Optics chose LinkWare Live to improve the planning and management of our data center projects that are underway in the US, Canada and Europe,” said Casey Canada, Manager of Field Operations, E2 Optics. “The LinkWare Live cloud-service provides huge savings on our large datacenter jobs – up to 500,000 links. We load all the project settings into LinkWare Live, and our field techs access the single database with their multiple testers. This saves the time of setting up each tester, and, more importantly, eliminates errors.

“For example, we’ve had instances where techs made minor errors entering cable ID’s, such as using dashes instead of periods. In order to get the results accepted, we’ve had to dedicate as many as three associates to review the ID’s in the test results and modify them as necessary. LinkWare Live eliminated this hassle,” said Canada.

Fluke Networks Worked with Installers to Design Ground Breaking LinkWare Live Cloud Service

“In developing LinkWare Live, we looked closely at the daily challenges that installers were facing,” said Eric Conley, vice president and general manager of Fluke Networks. “They told us that they often wasted time applying incorrect test limits and were frustrated at the time delay between testing and being able to generate reports, not to mention the project delays caused by misplaced, lost or stolen testers. We created LinkWare Live to eliminate these challenges, and to enable installers to complete each job on time and on budget. To achieve the milestone of five million test results uploaded so quickly is a testament to the value that LinkWare Live brings to businesses.”

LinkWare Live also features an easy-to-use device tracking and management capability based on Google Wi-Fi location services to reduce the likelihood that testers are lost or misplaced. Not only is it possible to monitor the last used location, but the software also checks that each device is always calibrated and running the latest firmware. To save additional time, LinkWare Live allows installers to send cable IDs and test settings straight to Brother labelers at the jobsite for seamless labelling.

For more information about LinkWare Live’s capabilities or to sign up for a free trial, please visit: www.flukenetworks.com/linkwarelive.

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.




IOGEAR USB-C CAC Reader Enables Access to Secure Systems from Newest USB-C and Thunderbolt-Enabled Computers

TAA-Compliant GSR205 Enables Military, Government and Private Sector Workers to Access Secure Systems Using Common Access Card (CAC) or Smart Cards

IRVINE, Calif. – June 28, 2017 – IOGEAR, a manufacturer of innovative information technology products for consumers and small- to medium-sized businesses, today announced the availability of the GSR205 USB-C CAC Reader. The TAA-compliant USB Common Access Card (CAC) Reader enables military, government and private sector workers to access secure systems such as computers, point-of-sale terminals, and network systems, using their CAC or Smart cards.

The new IOGEAR USB-C CAC Reader is designed to enable secure system access in the government, banking and healthcare sectors, using the latest USB-C and Thunderbolt-enabled desktop and laptop computers. The USB-C CAC Reader features a portable design with power and scan LED indicators, and provides fast 825kbps read speed with multi-protocol support.

Key Features of the IOGEAR USB-C CAC Reader

• USB-C Connectivity – Uses the latest USB-C technology to keep up with technology demands driven by the new generation of faster, lighter laptop computers. Provides super-fast transfer speeds to minimize the time required to authenticate the user to the classified network.

• Minimize Misalignment Errors – Physical contact readers in the USB-C CAC Reader are designed to eliminate misalignment and reduce the possibility of misreading the CAC or Smart cards.

The IOGEAR USB-C CAC Reader, which supports CAC cards programmed with a Personal Identification Verification (PIV) chip, is EMV2000 Level 1 approved and supports 3V and 5V cards. It also meets the ISO7816 Smart Card standard for Class A, B and C cards.

“The technology behind connectivity interfaces evolves and changes with each new generation of desktop and laptop hardware as the demand for faster transfer speeds and smaller devices continues to grow,” explained David Lin, Product Manager at IOGEAR. “As the new generation of computers transitions to the use of USB-C ports, with some laptops moving exclusively to this interface for connectivity to external devices, our new USB-C CAC reader will enable users to transition to the latest computing technology without having to worry about losing their access to the critical systems and applications required by their employers.”

The GSR205 USB-C CAC Reader carries a limited three-year warranty and is available now at a MSRP of $29.95. For more information on the new IOGEAR USB-C CAC Reader or other members of IOGEAR’s growing portfolio of USB-C connectivity products and solutions, please visit www.iogear.com. Follow IOGEAR on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for additional industry, company and product details.

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 offers a broad range of solutions to meet the needs of end consumers, small office/home office (SOHO) users, and small and medium sized business (SMB) customers: KVM, A/V & Digital Home, Computer Accessories, Networking, Mobility and Gaming.

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

©2017 IOGEAR. All rights reserved. IOGEAR and the IOGEAR logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of IOGEAR. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Ken Hagihara
Media Relations Representative for IOGEAR
Integrity Public Relations, Inc.
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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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IOGEAR Launches Industry-First Thunderbolt 2 KVM/Docking Station

On November 15, IOGEAR launched a first-to-market Thunderbolt 2 KVM/Docking Station. The new product enables users to turn a Thunderbolt 2-enabled computer into a complete workstation by allowing the connection of external monitors at HD and 4K resolutions, a keyboard, mouse, printer, USB drive, camera, etc., through a single Thunderbolt port. The truly unique aspect of the product is that it is also a KVM switch that allows users to connect a second computer and share all of those devices, easily switching between them with the push of a button.

This product saves money and desktop space by allowing two computers to share workstation resources with data transfer rates up to 20Gbps.

Click here to read the press release.

Source: IOGEAR

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Source: Sphere 3D Corporation