PITTSBURGH, PA – November 18, 2014 – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, announced the a-maze-ing storage performance results Method Studios Vancouver has achieved since adding Avere FXT Edge filers to the company’s infrastructure.
Method Studios, a Deluxe Entertainment Services Group company, is known for its visual effects work and expansive blockbuster portfolio including “The Maze Runner”, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Divergent”, “Maleficent”, “The Giver”, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and many more major-studio features.
While working on the film “The Maze Runner”, a project that ultimately saw the creation of 150 character shots and 380 environment shots, Method Studios saw its existing NAS infrastructure pushed to its limit. The network experienced timeouts that would lock users’ workstations for as long as 30 seconds at a time. IT was tasked with fixing these backend issues without adding budget lines.
“Avere often sees media and entertainment companies run into the same struggles Method Studios faced. Traditional data centers can’t keep up with production demands and IT is expected to find the magic solution. This is where Avere comes in and provides the ultimate answer,” said Ron Bianchini, president and CEO, Avere Systems. “We’re able to deliver not just a cost efficient solution, but allow artists to have the time and technology to empower their creative processes.”
With Avere, Method Studios was able to avoid buying more expensive storage media for the company’s traditional infrastructure, while solving the performance bottleneck and remaining within budget. The Avere architecture has also given Method Studios the capability to support the company’s changing business strategies.
“Deploying Avere more than tripled our IOPS for about one-fourth the cost of achieving equivalent performance on our core filers,” said Scott Parker, head of Technical Operations at Method Studios Vancouver. “But Avere delivers value beyond raw price/performance. Avere’s global namespace enables a consolidated view across all of our NAS arrays and provides advanced analytics that up-level troubleshooting. Avere’s analytics give us new opportunities to simplify, improve processes, and deploy assets most effectively across our WAN for better performance and to support our studio’s evolving business requirements.”
To learn more about how Method Studios is using Avere Systems, read the complete case study here: http://cdn2.hubspot.net/hub/184352/file-2094350269-pdf/Case_Studies/Avere-Case-Method-11-6-14.pdf.
About Avere Systems
Avere is radically changing the economics of data storage. Avere’s hybrid cloud solutions give companies — for the first time — the ability to end the rising cost and complexity of data storage and compute via the freedom to store and access files anywhere in the cloud or on premises, without sacrificing the performance, availability, or security of enterprise data. Based in Pittsburgh, Avere is led by veterans and thought leaders in the data storage industry and is backed by investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, Tenaya Capital, and Western Digital Capital. For more information, visitwww.averesystems.com.
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc. is a global leader in media and entertainment services for film, video and online content, from capture to consumption.
Since 1915, Deluxe has been the trusted partner for the world’s most successful Hollywood studios, independent film companies, TV networks, exhibitors, advertisers and others, offering best-in-class solutions in production, post production, distribution, asset and workflow management, and new digital solution-based technologies.
With operations in Los Angeles, New York and around the globe, the company employs nearly 6,000 of the most talented, highly honored and recognized artists and industry veterans worldwide. Deluxe is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc. For more information visit www.bydeluxe.com.
LG has kept to form with the LG G3. The updated version of the G2 keeps the same form factor and keeps the power and volume buttons on the back side of the phone. How does it handle and is it right for your? lets find out.
The G3 for Verizon Wireless comes in both Black and White versions with 32GB of built in memory. You can expand your memory with the built in microSD card slot up to another 128GB. This gives you the ability to have up too 160GB of storage on your phone.
The screen of the G3 is 5.5″ and features a IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 and a pixel density of 538 ppi. This gives the G3 one of the best Screen Resolutions and Pixel Density of any phones out there. Combine this screen with the available storage and you can load all your movies onto the G3 and watch them clearly and easily.
Lets talk about the camera. The front facing camera is 2.1MP which works great for Skype, Google Hangouts, OoVoo, or any other Video Chat software you may use. Now the Rear Facing Camera. 13.2 MP. The camera has a laser focus that can focus on an object in motion and take a picture as if it was a still. The clarity with the f2.4 apeture is amazing. The photo quality is one of the best I have seen. This is probably one of the closest devices that could replace your camera. One of the great camera functions with this phone is that if your screen is off, you hit the volume down button it activates the camera. Hit the volume down button again and it will take your picture. This makes it that much easier to take that spur of the moment photo.
To power the G3 LG put a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad Core Processor running at 2500 MHz. Add the 3GB of RAM and this phone not only runs quick but has very good battery life. Per the Verizon web page the LG G3 has up to 18.6 hours of usage time. With my heavy gaming and internet usage I would get about 6 hours from the 3000 mAh battery.
Overall the LG G3 is a great successor to an already good LG lineup. The G3 is available from Verizon Wireless for $149.99 with a 2 year agreement or $24.99 on EDGE.
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Epson Unveils New High-Speed WorkForce DS-520 Sheet-Fed Scanner with Increased Efficiency and Versatility for Business
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Nov. 12, 2014 – Epson America, a leading provider of exceptional performing business imaging solutions, today announced the WorkForce® DS-520 sheet-fed scanner, the latest addition to its lineup of professional-grade scanning solutions. Boasting speeds of up to 30 ppm/60 ipm1 the fast and efficient DS-520 is the ideal solution for business users. The compact scanner features a robust software package, including Epson Document Capture Pro, advanced color and image adjustment capabilities and OCR. In addition, TWAIN and ISIS® drivers allow for seamless compatibility with the document management software users prefer, providing the versatility businesses require.
“Maintaining business workflow efficiently without sacrificing quality is always top-of-mind in today’s fast-paced workforce, and the WorkForce DS-520 has been designed to deliver on that goal without compromise,” said Heather Litus Johnston, product manager, Document Scanners, Epson America, Inc. “The DS-520 delivers a range of features to increase productivity for businesses, including speed, flexibility and professional imaging quality.”
Speed, Quality and Reliability
The WorkForce DS-520 is rated at up to 30 ppm/60 ipm since it scans both sides of one sheet in just one pass and holds up to 50 pages with its built-in ADF, making it ideal as a personal desktop scanner or a workgroup solution to share. With the ability to scan folded pages, rigid ID cards, stacks of business cards and single sheets, the DS-520 is well-equipped to quickly and effectively scan a wide-array of documentation with minimal user support. In addition, the scanner has three sets of rollers for dynamic skew protection with ultrasonic double-feed detection technology, which senses if more than a single page has been fed and automatically stops the feeding to avoid missing pages or jamming.
The WorkForce DS-520’s speed and compact size (standing at just 6.1” tall, 11.7” wide and 6” deep) does not sacrifice image quality. With innovative advanced color and image adjustment capabilities, users will have a simple-to-use and flexible solution for crisp, clean scans. The Color Enhance feature captures specific and continuously variable colors from the original document, successfully manipulating how the software captures and removes color from the original page; and Color Dropout removes any color from the scanned image. Users have the ability to isolate and save up to six different colors to capture or drop for each scan profile, simplifying the capture and maintenance of data for repeat use. The DS-520 also includes automatic paper size detection, hole-punch removal and automatic de-skewing.
Increased Efficiency and Productivity
Catering to modern business needs where access to editable, easily-searchable files is critical, the WorkForce DS-520 offers multiple options to automate workflow and increase productivity. Epson Document Capture Pro software for Windows or Mac® allows users to immediately scan to popular cloud services including Google Docs™, MS SharePoint®, and Evernote®2 with one touch, and easily access documents from multiple devices or share with others. Document Capture Pro also enables users to efficiently manage and route documents by scanning directly to email, FTP sites or any computer folder.
In addition, the scanner is enabled with TWAIN and ISIS drivers, permitting businesses to continue using the document management software of their choice to better fit their work environments and boost overall efficiency. Businesses will also benefit from leveraging an optional network module (sold separately), which can support up to 100 work stations with full scanner functionality.
Additional features of the WorkForce DS-520 include:
– One-Touch Scanning – Front control panel with up to 30 user-definable scan jobs including scan-to-PDF and scan-to-cloud
– Scan to searchable PDFs3 – scan and edit documents; save scanned documents as PDF files; also features OCR capabilities3
– Robust Duty Cycle – Up to 3,000 sheets per day
– Eco Features – Scanner is both RoHS compliant and recyclable4
Availability and Support
The Epson WorkForce DS-520 ($399.99 MSRP) is available now through distribution, value added resellers, and online. The scanner features a one-year limited warranty, along with optional extended warranties and overnight exchange programs. For more information about Epson scanners visit www.epson.com.
Epson is a global innovation leader dedicated to exceeding expectations with solutions for markets as diverse as the office, home, commerce, and industry. Epson’s lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving and high-precision technologies.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 72,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: www.epson.com.
Note: EPSON and WorkForce are registered trademarks and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U. S. and other countries. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.
 Based on letter-sized scans at 300 dpi in Black-and-White, Grayscale or Color mode.
2 With Epson Document Capture software installed on the connected Windows PC or Mac.
3 Windows® only.
4 For convenient and reasonable recycling options, visit www.epson.com/recycle
(BPT) – Smart technology has a big impact on your day-to-day life. How big? The following infographic can show you just how smart technology can improve efficiency in your home, offering you options and saving you money.
Fortunately, consumers can take a few easy steps to slash their bills – without sacrificing quality.
1. Switch to a no-contract provider
You can cut your phone bill in half, or more, simply by switching to a no-contract provider. Consumer advocates point to no-contract plans as a smart option for consumers, offering competitive quality at substantial savings.
What about the quality of service? Not to worry: Many no-contract providers use the same networks as the big carriers. Look for language like “uses the world’s largest GSM network.” That just means they route calls over the same towers as one of the big networks.
No-contract plans are soaring in popularity. Nationwide, one in four cellphone owners has a no-contract plan. Consumer advocates are cheering the trend. “Many consumers don’t realize the savings that are available simply by switching carriers,” says Norman Klugman, chief operating officer ofPure TalkUSA, a leading no-contract provider. “Some of our customers have saved hundreds of dollars a year – in at least one case, enough to go on a Caribbean cruise.”
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(BPT) – Move over, Fido. Man has a new best friend. Americans have redefined their relationships with television, seeing their TV less as an entertainment device and more as a companion, according to a new national consumer study. Findings show that 60 percent of American consumers leave the TV on whether they are actively watching or not, and some of the situations may surprise you.