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Disktrix Releases UltimateDefrag

Disktrix has released version 4 of their unique defragmentation software UltimateDefrag.

Created for all versions of the Windows operating system, UltimateDefrag takes a unique and highly effective approach to defragmentation and hard drive optimization by applying Pareto’s Law of 80/20 to file use while simultaneously considering the variation of file access and data transfer performance depending upon the physical location of data on a mechanical hard drive.

While there are dozens of hard drive defragmentation products on the market, none of these defragmentation products address the true reasons for reduced hard drive performance and most merely defragment fragmented files.

According to DiskTrix programmers, there are 3 factors that reduce hard drive performance, of which file fragmentation, incidentally is the least significant. The other two, and primary, reasons for reduced hard drive performance which contribute around 90% to reduction in performance, and can be countered in order to optimize performance, are 1. Data Transfer Rates and 2. Seek Times.

The rate limiting factor to the performance of PCs and servers is the hard drive. By optimizing hard drive Data Transfer Rates to 150% of factory averages and Seek Times by up to 500%, raw hard drive performance can be improved by up to a factor of 4, compared with average quoted performance from the factory and up to 6 times for hard drives that are getting full.

By optimizing and reorganizing files on the hard drive to maximize data transfer rates, minimize seek times and defragment files, UltimateDefrag vastly reduces this rate limiting bottleneck which results in much faster file access which the user experiences as a faster Windows PC.

UltimateDefrag intelligently tracks user file usage patterns. It allows the user to operate in 2 modes. Power Users get to enjoy Expert Mode where they can manually configure numerous options to manually choose which programs, files and folders they want maximum performance from. PC users who just want a fast PC without having to drill down into the programs advanced features can select Simple Mode for an automatically and intelligently optimized hard drive that will give the user maximum file access performance.

And in another first for any defragmentation product, users now enjoy the ability to choose any programs the wish to achieve maximum performance from by simply selecting the program of a list of installed applications. UltimateDefrag will optimally place all files for that application to the fastest performing areas of the user’s hard drive.

Originally released in 2006, UltimateDefrag has always been the only defragmentation that offers its own unique approach to defragmentation and hard drive optimization and with version 4, users now have more power and flexibility than ever before.

UltimateDefrag4 is priced at $29.95, with discounts for multiple license purchases. It is compatible with all versions of Windows including Windows 7, Vista, XP and Windows Servers.

It is available by Electronic Software Distribution at the publisher’s website at www.disktrix.com.

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First 100 Companies Registered On ITOlist.eu – Catalogue Of IT Outsourcing Service Providers From Central and Eastern Europe

IBA Group, one of the largest IT service providers in Central and Eastern Europe, has become the hundredth company registered in the catalogue ITOlist.eu. Among the hundred registered companies which provide outsourcing services, there are 33 companies f r o m Ukraine, 25 companies f r o m Romania, and 10 companies f r o m Belarus. The Central and Eastern European (CEE) region is one of the most fast-developing providers of nearshore IT outsourcing services for the EU countries and offshore IT outsourcing services for the American and Asian countries.

A major objective of the catalogue ITOlist.eu is to create a full base of IT outsourcing service providers f r o m Central and Eastern Europe that will allow consumers to facilitate the search of the right partner. The catalogue ITOlist.eu includes company profiles with information about companies, their services, technologies, clients and projects. The providers are able to add video presentations and publish advanced company profiles. The clients are able to use the multilevel search, view provider profiles, send requests for collaboration or IT projects implementation.

Sergei Levteev, President of IBA Group, comments: “This year, we are participating for the first time in the research organized by the Central and Eastern European Outsourcing Association. We believe that the inclusion of our company in the two information resources of the association, namely the report and the catalogue ITOlist.eu, will grant us access to the additional groups of outsourcing service consumers across the globe. We also support the idea that we need to promote Central and Eastern Europe as a promising destination for the world IT outsourcing industry.”

Some information gathered in the online survey research.ceeoa.org will be used as source information for the report “CEE IT Outsourcing Review 2009” – annual review of IT outsourcing service providers and markets in 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

CEEOA invites all outsourcing service providers f r o m the CEE region to participate in online survey for the research “CEE IT Outsourcing Review 2009” – research.ceeoa.org. Each company-respondent that completes the survey will get a free profile in online catalogue ITOlist.eu and the brief company profile in the report.

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Athena Security Achieves OPSEC Certification from Check Point

Athena Security Inc., today announced that its Firewall Analysis solution, FirePAC, has achieved OPSEC™ (Open Platform for Security) certification from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. Through OPSEC certification, FirePAC supports Check Point’s Market-leading NG, NGX R65 and R70 based on the software blade architecture and delivers comprehensive analytics for maintaining always secure, always tuned and always compliant firewall infrastructure.

Athena Security Achieves OPSEC Certification from Check Point

FirePAC boosts the usability and security effectiveness of Check Point installations by delivering on these key requirements for network/security engineers:

Check Point Migration Support

• Dramatically accelerate the migration process from other vendors and ensure that the target policies are equivalent to the original. Athena FirePAC is the only solution that can analyze and compare the policies for behavioral differences and provide remedies for the errors introduced through the conversion process.

Comprehensive Risk Mitigation

• Identifies risks to critical hosts based on overly permissive rules or rules allowing dangerous services.

• Provides flexibility to define your own custom security zones and create new checks or modify existing checks to reflect unique business requirements.

• Takes into account what networks are reachable from each interface in the firewall based on ACLs, NATs, routing and anti-spoof settings to provide a more precise risk analysis.

Firewall Rule Cleanup and Optimization

• Finds every possible type of structural rule redundancy to find more rules for removal than any other product.

• FirePAC can also find all unused rules based on log history.

• Recommends optimal rule order that places the most used rules as far up as possible towards the top of the rule base without causing any disruptions to critical business services.

Rule/Object Search across your firewall inventory

• Finds all references to an object including parent and child relationships.

• Cuts through objects with multiple levels of membership hierarchies to pinpoint the services and addresses allowed or denied by a rule.

PCI Audit

• Produces automated PCI audit reports that go beyond a checklist for minimal compliance. FirePAC computes permitted traffic flows through the firewall to determine what is allowed to reach your credit cardholder data.

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Athena’s Firewall Browser Was Introduced At SANS Orlando 2010 To Over 1100 Attendees

Athena Security announces the release of Firewall Browser, a free tool for searching Cisco, Check Point and Netscreen configurations that is powerful and flexible enough to support IT departments of all sizes and process requirements. Firewall browser is available as a free download with no limitations, user license restrictions or registration hurdles f r o m www.athenasecurity.net.

Athena's Firewall Browser Was Introduced At SANS Orlando 2010 To Over 1100 Attendees

Athena chose the SANS Orlando 2010 Conference to unveil the new free tool, and working with conference organizers, distributed Firewall Browser to over 1100 network and security engineers in attendance, an oversubscribed showing for one of the premier and most comprehensive security training conferences. Just within 24 hours of announcing the tool, an additional 480 engineers downloaded the product directly f r o m Athena’s website.

Firewall Browser offers capabilities that network/security engineers will want to consult every time a change request is made or whenever troubleshooting on firewalls becomes necessary. The tool immensely eases the challenges to determine if the change is already covered by other rules, understand the impact of modifying objects, identify how existing conventions can be reused to keep the configurations manageable, or the right location for adding the new rule so service availability is maintained to critical hosts.

Firewall Browser was developed in the spirit of other legendary free and open source network tools like Nessus or Snort, based on the value that functionally-rich non-commercial alternatives should exist for practitioners who need access to reliable solutions for real environments. By releasing the Firewall Browser for free, Athena is shifting dynamics away f r o m vendors and giving the power to users to pay only for solutions where they find even greater productivity gains, technology advancements and complimentary product offerings.

“We selected one of our most popular features to offer a free tool. This is not throw-away functionality, but rather significantly useful. We believe this is the right way to attract customers to the additional tools available f r o m Athena,” said Adarsh Arora, CEO of Athena Security.

About Athena Security
Athena offers infrastructure analysis tools that identify the precise relationship between firewall rules and network services in a single device or across a complex network.

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CEEOA Starts The Annual Research ‘CEE IT Outsourcing Review’ And Launches ITOlist.eu – The Catalogue Of ITO Companies

Central and Eastern European Outsourcing Association (CEEOA) is pleased to announce that they started the research “Central and Eastern Europe IT Outsourcing Review 2009” – annual review of IT outsourcing services providers markets in 16 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

CEEOA Starts The Annual Research 'CEE IT Outsourcing Review' And Launches ITOlist.eu - The Catalogue Of ITO Companies

The CEE region is one of the leading providers of IT outsourcing services on the global market and is rapidly developing due to its geographic proximity to the European consumers of outsourcing services and cultural compatibility to the North American consumers. The main objectives of the “CEE IT Outsourcing Review” is to determine the volume of IT outsourcing services providers markets, to research the trends of IT outsourcing industry development and the advantages of each country regarding the IT outsourcing development in this country, and some fundamental information for the potential consumers of outsourcing services about the first steps while looking for the providers.

For the first time the research “Central and Eastern Europe IT Outsourcing Review” was conducted in early 2008 for the year 2007. The 2007 research report “Central and Eastern Europe IT Outsourcing Review 2007” indicated that there was a great interest to the CEE as a prospective region for IT outsourcing services. The report was accessed by an estimated 10,000 people and many research companies used it as a resource for their commercial reports. Thus, in 2008 KPMG referenced the report in their own research ‘Exploring Global Frontiers’. Following positive feedback for the 2007 Report, the CEEOA decided to commission an annual research on CEE IT Outsourcing Review, resulting in the 2008 Report conducted in early 2009. Currently the report is the most full and demanded analytical source about the IT outsourcing development in the CEE region.

The report 2009 will consist of the following key sections: introduction, expert views/estimations on the market development, analytical review of the main indicators of IT outsourcing providers market, country profiles, profiles of experts and partners, profiles of the companies-respondents.

The representative of Bulgarian Web Association noted, “This year we launch the online survey for our research and thus we expect to attract more respondents. The questionnaire is more detailed and this will allow us to make our market estimations more precise. We hope that the launch of the catalogue of IT outsourcing services providers f r o m  the CEE region – ITOlist.eu that will be based on the online survey will be significant event on the global outsourcing market . The catalogue will unite all ITO providers f r o m  Central and Eastern Europe and will become the efficient communication channel between the potential customers and providers. We consider that ITOlist.eu will facilitate the selection process of providers for the interested customers.”

The report “CEE IT Outsourcing Review” is one of the free distribution reports, and that allows reaching the maximal distribution of the information among the potential outsourcing services consumers.

CEEOA kindly invite all the companies providing IT outsourcing services f r o m the CEE region to participate in the online survey – http://research.ceeoa.org The participation in the research will allow your company to get the recognition as one of the active players in the IT outsourcing services provision market in the CEE region. Participating in the research your company get the free brief profile in the report “Central and Eastern Europe IT Outsourcing Review 2009” and the free profile on ITOlist.eu (http://www.itolist.eu) – the catalogue of IT outsourcing companies f r o m Central and Eastern Europe.

About CEEOA
Central and Eastern European Outsourcing Association (CEEOA) (www.ceeoa.org) was founded in 2008. The members of the association are the leading national IT and Outsourcing associations f r o m the Central and Eastern Europe, among them Baltic Outsourcing Association (BOA), Ukrainian HI-TECH Initiative, Hungarian Service Industry and Outsourcing Association (HOA), Employers’ Association of the Software and Services Industry (ANIS) f r o m Romania, Bulgarian Web Association (BWA) and ASPIRE – Association of IT & Business Process Services Companies (Poland). One of the main objectives of CEEOA is to promote the Central and Eastern European Region as competitive alternative to other Global offshoring destinations, and to increase services delivery quality and volume to the recognized standards.

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Celerant Named As A Validated Payment Application Provider Press

Celerant Technology, a leader in the retail software industry, received confirmation that the company has been named as a Visa and PCI Certified vendor and is now included in Visa’s list of Validated Payment Applications.

“We are very proud to be recognized as a PCI Certified vendor,” stated Ian Goldman, Celerant President and CEO“Our software has been tested and re-tested to confirm adherence to the regulations required by the PCI Council. We consider it is important to provide our clients with peace of mind and security by ensuring that sensitive card holder information is kept private and have worked diligently to achieve this certification.”

The PCI Security Standards Council has a set of standard regulations that vary, depending on the size of the merchant. Before a merchant or vendor can be Visa certified, the PCI Council verifies that these regulations are met by reviewing the results of independent, third party tests of payment processing applications. After the testing is complete, the vendor or merchant may be qualified for certification.

According to the Overview of PCI Requirements, “PCI security standards are technical and operational requirements set by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to protect cardholder data.” It goes on to say, “The standards apply to all organizations that store, process or transmit cardholder data—with the guidance for software developers and manufacturers of applications and devices used in those transactions.”

As a certified provider of payment processing software, Celerant Technology is now able to present an even more advanced solution to its clients. By providing a payment module that has been empirically tested by third parties, Celerant ensures that merchants are receiving software that meets the standards of the PCI Council. For more information on the PCI Security Council and its regulations, go to www.pcisecuritystandards.org. To view the complete list of Validated Payment Applications as of November 15, 2009, visithttp://usa.visa.com/download/merchants/validated_payment_applications.pdf.

About Celerant Technology
Celerant’s Command Retail is an advanced real-time retail management system, which manages all areas of retail including POS, Inventory Management, Warehouse, Distribution Center, Allocation, Multi-Channel/E-Commerce/Kiosk, Data Mining, and Back-office, in a single, integrated system. Our advantage is the flexibility of our Java platform, allowing Celerant professionals to conduct cost-effective analysis and adaptation based on the individual needs of each retailer. The result is a better system that meets the needs of retail businesses and gives them the tools to take Command of their success. For additional information regarding Celerant Technology go towww.celerant.com. For more information about the Command Retail Product, please visit www.commandretail.com.

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Simwalk Transport Is The World’s First Passenger Flow And Station Optimization Simulation Software Package Combining Pedestrian Simulation And Transit Station Dynamics

In a world first, Savannah Simulations AG has released SIMWALK Transport, the most powerful software solution, based on the leading pedestrian simulation software package SIMWALK, for simulating and analyzing all passenger movement issues in train, metro and bus stations.

SimWalk Transport is the first commercially available software package to optimize passenger comfort and efficiency, station design and related objects (platforms, passages, stairs, escalators, elevators etc.), as well as efficiency of timetables, passenger transfer times and connections. In addition, it provides analysis of evacuation and emergency issues. Based on its leading pedestrian algorithm, SimWalk Transport is the comprehensive simulation solution for passenger flow analysis and station development.

SIMWALK TRANSPORT has been developed in close cooperation with its Scientific Advisory Board, world leading experts in pedestrian and traffic simulation. The product has already encouraged requests from public transport officials and consultancies around the world.

One unique selling point is that SimWalk Transport is the only software fully specialised on public transport transit facilities and passenger flow analysis. It includes the most comprehensive set of features – as for example integration of timetables and network simulation analysis – that sets it apart from non-specialised software.

Alex Schmid, managing director at Savannah Simulations AG, “In developing SimWalk Transport we have reacted to an extensive market pull as rail, metro and bus operators of all sizes are troubled by increasing passenger demand over the next years that cause massive problems for transport operations and facility management.

“Simulating and analyzing passenger flows is a missing gap in transport analysis so far,”continues Schmid, “and with SimWalk Transport we’re offering a comprehensive tool to improve station operations and passenger security and efficiency.” Station operators and planners constantly have to adapt transit facilities to the increasing capacity needs of public transport. Most if not all changes directly influence or are influenced by passenger issues like changing trains, transfer times, walking comfort or dwell times.

SimWalk Transport allows to analyse the impact of different planned station layouts (additional platforms, passages, stairs, other objects etc.) on passenger flows, be it a new planned station or a station refurbishmment. Highly important objects like platforms as well as under- and overpasses can be analyzed according to Levels of Service and other comfort and security measures.

Designed by transportation engineers for transportation engineers, SimWalk Transport fills this operational gap by allowing to simulate realistically every single passenger with its station specific behavior – boarding and alighting, dwell time, connection transfer, shopping etc.

For the first time, an integrated, comprehensive simulation solution helps transport planners and railway authorities to include passenger movement issues into their operational planning of stations, for example by evaluating dwell times or by optimizing timetables.

About Savannah Simulations AG
Savannah Simulations AG, a swiss based simulation company, is a leading provider of advanced geosimulation software and spatial modeling and simulation services. Geosimulation is concerned with the design and application of spatial models and simulation software to solve real world problems in geographic contexts.

From simulation of pedestrian flows to urban planning, from evacuation simulation to supply chain optimization, we apply the science of simulation and optimization to discover opportunities and solutions in complex spatial environments.

Savannah Simulations AG has a network of consultants and international resellers who offer the company’s products along with services such as ongoing customer support, training, integration consulting and product customization.

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