Daily Archives: April 4, 2018

Rackspace Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide

SAN ANTONIO, April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Rackspace® today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of its 2018 Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide.

The Gartner assessment, performed by the firm’s IT industry analysts, evaluates service providers based on the completeness of their vision and their ability to execute. It categorizes providers in quadrants labeled Niche Players, Challengers, Visionaries, and Leaders. Rackspace was among the 20 providers assessed by Gartner, and is one of three providers in the Leaders quadrant.

“In our view, being recognized as a Leader in this Magic Quadrant for two years in a row is a testament to the breadth and depth of our portfolio and our expertise in delivering next-generation IT services,” said Joe Eazor, CEO of Rackspace. “Businesses within every industry are moving to consume IT in a more-agile and cost-efficient manner, as a service, across multiple public and private cloud platforms and technologies. We are constantly adding new capabilities to help businesses navigate and operate in this complex environment.”

Rackspace serves more than 140,000 customers worldwide, including a majority of the Fortune 100, and maintains data centers on five continents. The company helps customers through every phase of their digital transformation including planning, implementation, ongoing operations management, and optimization, across applications, data, security, and infrastructure.

“We are pleased to be recognized by our customers and Gartner. We feel it defines us as one of the pre-eminent leaders in offering managed services for all of the world’s leading public cloud platforms,” said Prashanth Chandrasekar, vice president and general manager, Managed Public Clouds at Rackspace. “Rackspace offers our customers a truly differentiated, next-generation services experience that uses a broad end-to-end approach to help accelerate digital transformation. Leveraging our expertise across the world’s leading hyperscale public clouds, we help customers choose the right public cloud for their specific technical and business needs based on a data-driven framework. We enable customers to migrate applications in a rapid fashion to the public cloud and then ensure the highest levels of ongoing performance at the lowest total cost, using our cost and architecture optimization tooling. We will continue to invest in our multi-cloud technology and specialist talent to drive significant value for our customers.”

Rackspace now has one of the largest workforces of cloud experts in the world. The company began offering managed cloud services for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft® Azure® in 2015. Two years later, it expanded its portfolio to include managed support for Google® Cloud Platform (GCP) and the Alibaba Cloud. Rackspace provides distinct offerings and varying service levels for AWS, Azure, GCP and Alibaba, delivering 24x7x365 access to certified experts, tooling and automation, migration services, architectural guidance, deployment, advanced monitoring, proactive optimization and remediation. Rackspace serves more than 1,100 customers across its managed public cloud portfolio.

In 2017, Rackspace expanded its offering for AWS to include Fanatical Support® for AWS Professional Services. It also announced an enhanced, strategic channel relationship with AWS to streamline the experience for customers moving to AWS by providing solution and migration advisory services, migration service delivery and advanced migration tooling. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, the highest tier within the AWS Partner Network, Rackspace has also earned a range of AWS Competencies including Migration, Storage, Microsoft Workloads, Oracle, DevOps, and Marketing and Commerce.

Rackspace also expanded its Azure capabilities in July 2017 to include more robust support for hybrid Microsoft cloud deployments with the launch of Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure Stack. This offering provides a consistent and agile experience across Azure and Azure Stack, including portal, API, and service architecture.

In addition, Rackspace became the first managed services partner for GCP in 2017 and was chosen as Google’s first managed services partner to provide Customer Reliability Engineering (CRE) support. The CRE support offering will deliver greater value to customers by allowing Rackspace engineers to work on everything from inspecting and helping optimize customer code and design, to implementation and operational procedures.

Rackspace’s multi-cloud approach allows it to deliver greater value to customers by managing multiple IT platforms and technologies. In addition to its managed cloud offerings for the leading public clouds, Rackspace’s broad portfolio of managed, next-generation IT solutions includes other infrastructure solutions across managed colocation, managed hosting and private clouds – along with services for applications, data, and security. These services include database administration for most relational and non-relational databases, technical and functional support for packaged applications like SAP, Oracle, Sitecore and others, along with Rackspace Managed Security for advanced cloud security and compliance requirements.

For more information on Rackspace’s position as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide, please view a complimentary copy of the full report here.

Source: Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure Managed Service Providers, Worldwide”, Craig Lowery, Mark D. Ray, et al., 29 March 2018.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Rackspace
Rackspace is a leading provider of IT as a service in today’s multi-cloud world. It delivers expert advice and integrated managed services across applications, data, security and infrastructure, including public and private clouds and managed hosting. Rackspace partners with every leading technology provider, including Alibaba, AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, Oracle, SAP, and VMware. The company is uniquely positioned to provide unbiased expertise on which technologies will best serve each customer’s needs. Rackspace has been honored by Fortune, Glassdoor and others as one of the best places to work. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Rackspace serves more than 140,000 business customers from data centers on five continents. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

Media Contact:
Megan Ketterer
210-312-0331
megan.ketterer@rackspace.com

Acapture, Sift Science to Bring Merchants World-Class Fraud Products

Enabling merchants to achieve higher conversion and authorization rates in real-time by reducing fraud, false positives and operational costs

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Acapture, a global, omnichannel payment processor has partnered with Sift Science, a machine learning company that protects businesses from fraud and abuse. Using the smartest technology for fraud management in their joint effort to make online experiences smoother and safer, the two companies form a powerhouse for fighting ecommerce fraud and helping merchants maximize their revenue.

The partnership creates a single platform capable of managing every type of ecommerce fraud facilitated by Sift Science. Acapture’s in-house global acquiring solutions offer access to payment data and insights into the payments journey of the end consumer. This data paired up with Sift Science’s cutting-edge machine learning models make the ultimate fraud management solution to protect merchants in the fast-paced fraud landscape.

We’re delighted to have Sift Science as our trusted partner for our long-term mission to help merchants to fight fraud and deliver a better consumer experience,” said Rudolf Booker, Acapture CEO. “It’s a top challenge for them so it’s a top priority for us! By working together, we are confident that the practical expertise in fraud management and machine learning of Sift Science combined with the complete insight into the entire transaction flow enabled by Acapture positions us as merchants’ first choice for fraud management”.

“Acapture’s data and our machine learning models will drive business growth by reducing fraud, false positives, and operational costs,” said Jason Tan, Sift Science CEO. “Combining our proven technology platforms, merchants automatically know who’s trustworthy and risky. They no longer need to make a tradeoff between protecting and growing their business.”

Ecommerce fraud has always been merchants’ top of mind challenge that keeps on disrupting them from their core business, preventing them from making the most out of their incoming traffic. Due to the limitations on rule-based applications, many genuine transactions are rejected, resulting in legitimate customers being disappointed by their shopping experience. This rigid fraud prevention approach not only has a negative impact on conversion rates, but also on the brand’s reputation especially nowadays, with social media platforms giving consumers a powerful voice.  Acapture’s partnership with Sift Science aims to reduce the number of genuine customers being blocked and optimize conversions using customized, data enriched machine learning models. Merchants can ultimately focus on scaling-up their business and not be distracted by fraud.

About Acapture

Launched in 2015, Acapture is a new, modern, international payment service provider focused on maximizing the revenues of merchants around the globe. Acapture is affiliated to Payvision, one of the world’s fastest-growing global card acquiring networks. Licensed as a payment institution by the Dutch Central Bank, Acapture combines with Payvision to help merchants grow their business globally. This is done through a complete data-driven omnichannel payment solution, capable of managing a payment at every stage, from checkout to fund collection to settlement.

Acapture’s system features SlicePay for simplified allocation of funds to multiple parties from a single transaction, data science management for improved authorization rates, the best of human and machine intelligence platform for fraud detection and conversion optimization a one-day integration using one RESTful API, flexible, consolidated reporting, a streamlined reconciliation process, global card acquiring and the ability to handle 80+ of the most popular alternative payment methods and 150+ transaction currencies.

Together with Payvision, Acapture, was awarded Best PSP at the 2017 MPE Awards in Berlin. Find out more on www.acapture.com and follow Acapture on LinkedInTwitterFacebookYouTube and Corporate blog.

For further information, please contact: Alina Geosanu | Corporate Communications Coordinator;
e-mail: alina@payvision.com

About Sift Science

Sift Science is a machine learning company that fuels business growth by protecting businesses and their customers from all vectors of fraud and abuse. Global brands such as Twitter, Airbnb, Yelp!, Shutterstock, Jet.com, Indeed and Wayfair rely on the Sift Science Digital Trust Platform for access to a global network of fraud data, 16,000+ fraud signals, and our unique ability to detect and prevent fraud in real time. Our platform was designed in accordance with industry best security practices, including SOC 2. To learn more, visit siftscience.com.

Find out more on https://siftscience.com/. For further information, please contact: Kristina Richmann, Pan Communications (for Sift Science): Kristina Richmann <krichmann@pancomm.com>

CrownBio จะจัดแสดงความรู้ความชำนาญทางวิทยาศาสตร์ด้านการพัฒนายาพรีคลินิกที่การประชุมของสมาคมอเมริกันเพื่อการวิจัยเกี่ยวกับโรคมะเร็ง (American Association for Cancer Research: AACR)

SAN DIEGO, April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Crown Bioscience ซึ่งเป็นบริษัทย่อยที่ถือครองอย่างสมบูรณ์โดย Crown Bioscience International (TWSE:6554) และเป็นบริษัทให้บริการพัฒนาและค้นคว้าทางยาระดับโลกที่ได้ให้แพลตฟอร์มเพื่อการนำไปใช้ประโยชน์สำหรับพัฒนาการวิจัยด้านมะเร็งวิทยา การติดเชื้อ โรคหัวใจและหลอดเลือด และโรคทางเมตาบอลิสม์ จะจัดแสดงความรู้ความชำนาญทางวิทยาศาสตร์ที่การประชุมของสมาคมอเมริกันเพื่อการวิจัยเกี่ยวกับโรคมะเร็ง (AACR) ในเมืองชิคาโก รัฐอิลลินอยส์ วันที่ 14 – 18 เมษายน

นักวิทยาศาสตร์ของ CrownBio จะนำเสนอโปสเตอร์วิทยาศาสตร์กว่าสิบสองชุดที่บรรยายถึงความพยายามล่าสุดในการปฏิวัติการพัฒนาพรีคลินิกของการรักษามะเร็ง โปสเตอร์วิทยาศาสตร์จะแสดงการรวมพลังกันของแพลตฟอร์มการรักษาโรคมะเร็งแบบบูรณาการของ CrownBio เพื่อพัฒนาแนวทางการรักษาเนื้องอกโดยใช้การเก็บรวบรวมการปลูกถ่ายเซลล์ของผู้ป่วยในหนูทดลอง (PDX) โมเดลเนื้องอกที่ได้จากใช้หนูทดลองแทนมนุษย์ และวัฒนธรรม ex vivo (การเพาะเลี้ยงเซลล์นอกร่างกาย) สามมิติที่จะย้ำองค์ประกอบที่เป็นสภาวะแวดล้อมของเซลล์แบบ in vivo  (ภายในร่างกาย) งานอันโดดเด่นนี้จะแสดงข้อมูลจากโมเดลแบบใหม่ที่จะทำให้สามารถประเมินการบำบัดมะเร็งได้อย่างแม่นยำยิ่งขึ้น ซึ่งได้แก่ bi-specific T-cell engagers (BiTEs) ภูมิคุ้มกันบำบัดมะเร็งแบบมุ่งเป้า และภูมิคุ้มกันบำบัดแบบผสมผสาน

“ผมตื่นเต้นที่จะได้แสดงงานวิจัยที่ล้ำสมัยของ Bioscience ให้เพื่อนร่วมงานที่ AACR” ดร. Henry Li รองประธานฝ่ายมะเร็งวิทยาเพื่อการนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ของ Crown Bioscience กล่าว “ข้อมูลที่นำเสนอจะแสดงการใช้ประโยชน์จากโซลูชั่นเชิงคลินิกที่เกี่ยวข้องของเราเพื่อกำหนดดัชนีชี้วัดทางชีวภาพที่สำคัญและพัฒนาการประเมินพรีคลินิกของการรักษามะเร็ง”

“Crown Bioscience ได้รับเกียรติให้มีบทบาทสำคัญในการนำเสนอโอกาสเพื่อการพัฒนาเชิงวิทยาศาสตร์ที่ AACR” Laurie Heilmann หัวหน้าเจ้าหน้าที่ธุรกิจกล่าว “งานของทีมนักวิทยาศาสตร์ผู้ทุ่มเทของเราจะแสดงตัวอย่างคำมั่นสัญญาของ Crown Bioscience ที่จะช่วยนักวิจัยแก้ปัญหาสุขภาพทั่วโลกผ่านนวัตกรรมต่อเนื่องของแพลตฟอร์มวิทยาศาสตร์เพื่อการนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ของเรา”

ผู้แทนสามารถขอสำเนาของโปสเตอร์และดูข้อมูลเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับแพลตฟอร์มวิทยาศาสตร์เพื่อการนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ได้ที่บูธหมายเลข 3012

เกี่ยวกับบริษัท Crown Bioscience
Crown Bioscience เป็นบริษัทโซลูชั่นการพัฒนาและการค้นคว้ายาระดับโลกที่ให้แพลตฟอร์มเพื่อการนำไปใช้ประโยชน์สำหรับพัฒนาการวิจัยด้านมะเร็งวิทยา การติดเชื้อ โรคหัวใจและหลอดเลือด และโรคทางเมตาบอลิสม์ ด้วยผลงานที่ครอบคลุมด้านโมเดลและเครื่องมือการคาดการณ์ที่เกี่ยวข้อง Crown Bioscience จึงทำให้ลูกค้าสามารถส่งมอบการรักษาที่เหมาะสมได้อย่างเหนือชั้น

ช่องทางสอบถามสำหรับสื่อ:
Jody Barbeau
Crown Bioscience Inc.
marketing@CrownBioscience.com

Comodo CA and CertCenter AG to Launch ‘Chrome 66 Release Celebration’

A collaborative Initiative to help thousands of websites stay operational as Google distrusts certain SSL certificates with next release

CLIFTON, N.J., April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Comodo CA, a worldwide leader in digital identity solutions, and CertCenter AG, an independent certificate management company, have joined forces to help customers keep their websites operational in the wake of Google’s plan to distrust certain TLS/SSL certificates, starting with the release of Chrome 66.

The alliance comes at a critical time as thousands of customers are required to replace their existing certificates and will need help navigating that process. Comodo CA’s TLS/SSL certificates solutions have been fully integrated into CertCenter’s Certificate Management Suite and APIs so  customers can order and quickly replace a comparable product that will be trusted by Google Chrome and other leading browsers.

“With the release of Chrome 66, thousands of websites will be at risk, that is going to have a major impact on businesses globally,” said Bill Holtz, CEO, Comodo CA. “This strategic partnership enables customers to benefit with our industry-leading issuance speed combined with CertCenter’s trusted expertise, allowing them to quickly install the right solutions that meet customers’ needs so that they can stay operational.”

“We would like to help all website administrators who are currently suffering from the fear that they will not receive their replaced certificate in time,” said Andreas Mallek, CEO at CertCenter.

“Even for those who have forgotten to think about the timely replacement, we would like to help out with a complimentary certificate with Extended Validation (EV) or a discounted Domain Validated (DV) certificate,” said Luis Federico Reimers, head of marketing and sales at CertCenter.

Reimers also pointed out the need to raise the awareness among both the site operators as well as the users. A connection between a browser and a server should not only be encrypted (as is the case with all domain validated certificates). Modern TLS certificates with Extended Validation (EV) helps to distinguish between the good guys and bad guys as the site operator’s real identity will show up in the browser’s address bar.

Customers and partners can learn more and take advantage of those promotional offers by visiting https://release-party.com or https://release-party.de.

About Comodo CA
A trusted advisor by enterprises globally for more than two decades, Comodo CA provides digital identity solutions for businesses of all sizes – protecting their employees, customers, intellectual property and overall brand – from damages caused by fraudsters impersonating people and devices.

As the largest commercial certificate authority with over 100 million SSL certificates issued worldwide, Comodo CA has the experience and performance to meet the growing need to secure transactions and create online trust. For more information, visit ComodoCA.com or via twitter @Comodo_SSL.

About CertCenter
CertCenter offers cutting-edge tools and APIs to manage X.509 based certificates. Whether SSL/TLS, Code Signing, E-Mail Encryption or Client Authentication; As a multi-award-winning and independent partner to the leading Certification Authorities, CertCenter offers smart solutions, especially for the hosting industry, SMBs, and the enterprise market. For more information, visit CertCenter.com or via twitter @certcenter_us.

Lisa Johnson 
425-766-8736
Lisa@ljstratcomm.com

CrownBio to Showcase Scientific Expertise in Preclinical Drug Development at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Conference

SAN DIEGO, April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Crown Bioscience, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Crown Bioscience International (TWSE:6554) and a global drug discovery and development services company providing translational platforms to advance oncology, inflammation, cardiovascular and metabolic disease research, will showcase their scientific expertise at this year’s American Association for Cancer Research’s International Conference (AACR) in Chicago, IL on April 14th – 18th.

CrownBio’s scientists will present more than a dozen scientific posters describing their latest efforts to revolutionize preclinical development of cancer treatments. These scientific posters will demonstrate the combined power of CrownBio’s integrated oncology platform to advance oncology pipelines using their exhaustive patient-derived xenograft (PDX) collection, innovative humanized tumor models and three dimensional ex vivo cultures that recapitulate the in vivo tumor microenvironment. Featured work will show data from novel models that enable precise evaluation of new cancer therapeutics, including bi-specific T-cell engagers (BiTEs), targeted cancer immunotherapies and combinatory immunotherapies.

“I am excited to share Crown Bioscience’s cutting-edge research with colleagues at AACR,” said Dr. Henry Li, Crown Bioscience’s Vice President of Translational Oncology. “The data presented will exhibit the utility of our clinically relevant solutions to identify critical biomarkers and improve preclinical evaluation of cancer therapies.”

“Crown Bioscience is honored to play a leading role in presenting opportunities for scientific advancements at AACR,” said Laurie Heilmann, Chief Business Officer. “The work of our dedicated scientific team exemplifies Crown Bioscience’s commitment to helping researchers solve global health challenges through continued innovation of our scientific translational platform.”

Delegates can request copies of the posters and learn more about Crown Bioscience’s scientific translational platform at booth #3012.

About Crown Bioscience Inc.
Crown Bioscience is a global drug discovery and development solutions company providing translational platforms to advance oncology, inflammation and metabolic disease research. With an extensive portfolio of relevant models and predictive tools, Crown Bioscience enables clients to deliver superior clinical candidates.

Media Enquiries:
Jody Barbeau
Crown Bioscience Inc.
marketing@CrownBioscience.com

Shorter GMAT Exam Launches on April 16

Candidate-Friendly Change Designed to Enhance Test-Taking Experience

RESTON, Va., April 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is shortening the length of the GMAT exam by 30 minutes as part of its ongoing focus on creating the best possible testing experience and offering user-friendly features. The new, shorter exam – 3.5 hours instead of 4 – will be available for test-takers worldwide beginning April 16.

The quality of the exam remains unchanged in terms of reliability, validity, security and integrity. GMAT scores before and after this change will be the same and comparable across time.

“We are always looking for ways to help build candidate confidence and streamline the test experience, all with one goal in mind—to help GMAT test-takers do their very best on exam day,” said Vineet Chhabra, senior director of product management for GMAC. “We believe candidates will have less anxiety and feel better prepared, which can contribute to a better reflection of their true performance on the exam.”

The time savings are achieved by streamlining the two longer sections of the exam, the Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning sections, reducing the number of unscored, research questions in these sections. Several tutorial and instruction screens that test-takers see at the test center have also been simplified. There are no changes to the exam’s Analytical Writing or Integrated Reasoning sections. The way the GMAT exam is scored, the content of the exam, the question types and the average time per question are not changing.

“Through our ongoing market feedback and operational reviews, we were able to identify this opportunity to shorten the exam, without changing its reliability,” said Chhabra. “This change will not affect GMAT exam scoring as the number of scored questions will not change. The scoring algorithm will be the same; the Total Score and individual Quantitative and Verbal section scores will be comparable to the exams taken prior to this change. There is no action or change required on the part of business schools and universities. We are providing candidates with a better testing experience, while providing business schools with the same high quality, fair and reliable scores.”

Along with these changes, GMAC is providing a new, online tutorial that mimics the screens that test-takers see on exam day, further enhancing and streamlining the test center experience. By moving the tutorial information online, to www.mba.com/, test takers can access it prior to arriving at the test center, at their convenience and as often as they wish.

The GMAT exam is designed to showcase the skills that are most relevant to the world’s leading graduate business programs; 9 out of 10 new MBA enrollments globally are made using a GMAT score.

To align with the changes, GMAC is launching new GMAT Official Prep tools to match the structure of the shorter exam. The GMAT Official Practice Exams and Practice Questions will be available on an online platform for better ease-of-use, as well as some feature improvements such as single sign-on and ability to access prep materials across multiple devices. GMAT Official Prep tools are the only official source of retired GMAT questions, and the Council’s research shows that candidates who use official products score an average of 18 percent higher on the GMAT exam than those who don’t. The updated practice tools will be available by the end of April.

These changes are part of a series of candidate-friendly enhancements to the GMAT exam in recent years, all focused on improving the testing experience, including:

  • Exam section order selection at the testing center (Select Section Order)
  • Making unofficial scores available immediately, before leaving the test center following the exam
  • Updates to score cancellation and reinstatement options

To learn more about these changes, please review our FAQs: http://www.mba.com/global/frequently-asked-questions/shorter-gmat-exam

About GMAC: The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is a global, non-profit association of 223 leading graduate business schools. Founded in 1953, we are actively committed to advancing the art and science of admissions by convening and representing the industry and offering best-in-class products and services for schools and students. GMAC owns and administers the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) exam, used by more than 7,000 graduate programs worldwide. Other GMAC assessments include the NMAT by GMAC™ exam, for entrance into graduate management programs in India and South Africa, and the Executive Assessment, specifically designed for Executive MBA programs around the world. The Council is based in the United States with offices in London, New Delhi (Gurugram), and Hong Kong. For information on assessments, study tools and services for candidates, visit www.mba.com. For information about The Council and our market intelligence, professional development opportunities and services for graduate management education, please visit www.gmac.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tania Hernandez-Andersen, GMAC Sr. Dir. of Corporate Brand Communications, thernandez-andersen@gmac.com or 703-668-9638 (office), 571-294-4059 (mobile).

Syria: tens of thousands of civilians return home to Eastern Ghouta

40,000 civilians returned home to Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria state news agency SANA reported on Tuesday.

The return of the civilians was ongoing as the Syrian Army recaptured all towns in Eastern Ghouta. According to SANA, 12,000 children from Eastern Ghouta go back to school in government-run shelters. Russia’s defence ministry earlier said 1,100 fighters and their families left the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta in the past 24 hours.

Source: VOV5