Welcome!

Microsoft Cloud Authors: Elizabeth White, Yeshim Deniz, Serafima Al, Janakiram MSV, John Katrick

News Feed Item

Aspera expands its EMEA Operations to Support Triple-Digit Growth

High-speed file transfer innovator expands EMEA team to drive European expansion

On the back of unprecedented triple-digit growth, Aspera, Inc. (http://www.asperasoft.com/), creator of patented fasp™ transport technology that moves the world’s digital assets at maximum speed, has announced a series of strategic appointments to support further EMEA expansion across a range of industries – media, entertainment, life sciences, financial services and enterprise IT.

The appointments of Glenn Broere, sales manager for UK & Ireland, and Lisa Borga, marketing manager EMEA, along with the promotion of Andrea Di Muzio to senior solutions architect EMEA, will support accelerating demand for Aspera’s products and technology and drive further EMEA development.

Glenn brings over ten years of sales experience and a talent for securing global strategic relationships to Aspera, having held various sales management positions at successful businesses. Andrea will use his 12 years of software experience to lead professional services activities in the EMEA region and provide professional services fulfillment in the form of creating and implementing customized solutions. In his new role, he will work alongside the sales and service engagement teams, perform requirements discovery and analysis, scope professional services engagements and help craft proposals. Lisa has more than 15 years of marketing experience working in high-technology and multi-national sales environments. She will work closely with European sales director, Bruce Brewer, to continue to drive European sales across a multitude of industries.

Aspera software has rapidly become the gold standard in Europe for professionals within the media and entertainment, life sciences and information technology sectors. Respected organizations such as UEFA (http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/index.htm), BT Life Sciences (http://www.btplc.com), Netflix (http://www.netflix.com/UK) and The Mill (http://www.themill.com/) have been quick to adopt and deploy Aspera’s high-speed file transfer software for high-speed movement of ‘big data’ over long distances, and in and out of the cloud.

“We’ve been operating in Europe for six years and our customer base is rapidly growing,” said Bruce Brewer, European sales director, Aspera. “The global demand for reliable and efficient data transfer solutions is being driven by major businesses expecting to be able to access, manage and use their data immediately, reliably and without restrictions. Glen, Andrea and Lisa will help us sustain growth within our established core industries and enable us to further develop our presence within newer markets such as financial services.”

As well as new additions to the Aspera EMEA team, the company has recently partnered with Metaglue (http://www.metaglue.com/), an Emmy award-winning provider of interoperable file transfer and metadata standards solutions, enabling the company to integrate AMWA AS-11 and Digital Production Partnership (DPP) media file format validation for European broadcasters, and with EVS to deliver end-to-end production solutions for live sports, news and entertainment. This year has also seen the launch of Aspera’s next-generation transfer platform, fasp 3 (http://asperasoft.com/fasp-3/?L=0). The new product extends the performance and flexibility of the Aspera software environment (http://asperasoft.com/software/?L=0) to support high-speed data transfer and automation scenarios in industries that rely on the exchange, processing, storage and distribution of big data.

Notes to editors

Aspera customers across all industries realize full benefits of the cloud

Media and entertainment

Until now, the full potential of the cloud to transform IT processes for digital media – such as transcoding, archiving and distributing very large HD quality entertainment content – has been limited by the inherent bottlenecks in moving data. It has been impossible to move big files in and out of cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure with no time delay and broadcasters have been unable to download them without impairing the quality.

Now, international sports organizations such as UEFA are driving the demand for cost-efficient and speedy transfers in and out of the cloud for major sporting events. Through a combination of Aspera’s patented faspTM transport technology with AWS cloud-based ‘object’ storage, these customers are now able to realize the cloud’s promise of virtually unlimited, instant increases in computing, network and storage resources.

This has been made even easier thanks to Aspera’s recent partnership with EVS (http://www.evs.tv/), a leading provider of broadcast and media production systems. The companies have partnered to deliver complete end-to-end solutions for fast turnaround of live sports, news and entertainment production. The combined solution leverages Aspera’s patented faspTM (http://asperasoft.com/technology/transport/fasp/) software for high-speed transfer of content and EVS’ portfolio of ingest and production servers for live and near-live broadcast applications.

In addition, Aspera has announced the opening of the Aspera On Demand (http://cloud.asperasoft.com/aspera-on-demand/) Platform as a Service (PaaS) for Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Azure (http://www.windowsazure.com/), in beta. The interoperability of Aspera’s fasp transport (http://asperasoft.com/technology/transport/fasp/) software with Windows Azure further unlocks the vast capabilities of the Microsoft public cloud, helping users experience the benefits of seamless, high-speed and secure large data ingest and access for Windows Azure local or object storage.

Finally, Aspera now provides a complete, fully integrated high-speed transfer solution for Avid Interplay delivery. Users can share full resolution media and associated metadata between remote Interplay workgroups across the wide area network (WAN) by transferring video and metadata at line speed, regardless of distance, fully utilizing the available bandwidth. The combined solution was deployed by NBC News to support its coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Life sciences

With a mission to advance research in the field of life sciences, The National Institute of Genetics (http://www.nig.ac.jp/english/index.html) (NIG) previously found FTP file transfer and physically shipping hard drives to be unreliable, time consuming and expensive.

The Institute operates multiple entities including the Bioresources Center, DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ) and DNA Sequencing Center as core institutes to build the intellectual infrastructure that supports them. Genetic research at the facilities generates massive data sets of up to 20GB each, which need to be distributed and exchanged with other scientists and existing Aspera partners, such as the European Bioinformatics Institute (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/).

The Aspera Connect Server now allows the transfer of large data between NIG and their worldwide partners with unparalleled performance and reliability regardless of distance and with bulletproof security.

This year has also seen the emergence of cloud platforms specifically designed and optimized for the life sciences research community such as BT Life Sciences R&D and BGI’s EasyGenomics, providing new opportunities for companies to access meaningful scientific data. These platforms enable large-scale storage, analysis, and sharing of genomic sequence and other research data, in a flexible, secure, and regulatory-compliant environment. Both companies are deploying and tightly integrating Aspera fasp into their cloud services to power the high-speed transfer of data.

Enterprise IT

Historically, cloud adoption by big data businesses has been limited due to the associated issues of moving terabytes of data into and out of the cloud. While the cloud has previously promised great flexibility, efficiency and cost savings, it’s only now that organizations are realizing these benefits by using high-speed data transfer software to address the bottlenecks that caused slow data transfer and impaired data quality.

Another key challenge faced by IT professionals today is the combination of different types of infrastructures (cloud, hybrid and on-premise) tailored to specific business needs. Infrastructure agnostic technologies are needed so that data can basically live anywhere, without restrictions. A pioneer in the enablement of high-speed data-intensive workflows throughout the enterprise, Aspera has unlocked the cloud for big data with its industry-leading high-speed transport solutions. And now with the release of fasp 3, Aspera is offering a truly universal content transport platform supporting all data, infrastructure and storage types, regardless of location, with maximum speed and a comprehensive offering for all transport paradigms and deployment models.

All fasp 3 products are intrinsically enabled for cloud object storage such as Amazon Web Services S3 and now Microsoft Windows Azure. fasp 3 enables line-speed and secure ingest of, and access to, large volumes of file-based content regardless of storage type or location (block, object, on-premise, in the cloud, hybrid or embedded) and independent of network type or conditions.

About Aspera

Aspera is the creator of next-generation transport technologies that move the world’s data at maximum speed regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions. Based on its patented fasp™ protocol, Aspera software fully utilizes existing infrastructure to deliver the fastest, most predictable file-transfer experience. Aspera’s core technology delivers unrivalled control over bandwidth utilization, complete security and uncompromising reliability. As organizations turn to the cloud for improved efficiency and unprecedented scalability, Aspera enables data- and processing-intensive workflows with high-speed transfer available on-demand, as well as maximum speed ingest and distribution of big data to and from cloud storage. More than 1,800 organizations across a variety of industries on six continents rely on Aspera software for the business-critical transport of their digital assets.

Please visit www.asperasoft.com and follow us on Twitter @asperasoft (http://www.twitter.com/asperasoft) for more information.

This information was brought to you by Cision http://www.cisionwire.com

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, whic...
BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations.
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settle...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architec...
Nordstrom is transforming the way that they do business and the cloud is the key to enabling speed and hyper personalized customer experiences. In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Ken Schow, VP of Engineering at Nordstrom, discussed some of the key learnings and common pitfalls of large enterprises moving to the cloud. This includes strategies around choosing a cloud provider(s), architecture, and lessons learned. In addition, he covered some of the best practices for structured team migration an...
No hype cycles or predictions of a gazillion things here. IoT is here. You get it. You know your business and have great ideas for a business transformation strategy. What comes next? Time to make it happen. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jay Mason, an Associate Partner of Analytics, IoT & Cybersecurity at M&S Consulting, presented a step-by-step plan to develop your technology implementation strategy. He also discussed the evaluation of communication standards and IoT messaging protocols, data...
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and ...
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Raju Shreewastava, founder of Big Data Trunk, provided a fun and simple way to introduce Machine Leaning to anyone and everyone. He solved a machine learning problem and demonstrated an easy way to be able to do machine learning without even coding. Raju Shreewastava is the founder of Big Data Trunk (www.BigDataTrunk.com), a Big Data Training and consulting firm with offices in the United States. He previously led the data warehouse/business intelligence and B...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Conventi...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
Smart cities have the potential to change our lives at so many levels for citizens: less pollution, reduced parking obstacles, better health, education and more energy savings. Real-time data streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) possess the power to turn this vision into a reality. However, most organizations today are building their data infrastructure to focus solely on addressing immediate business needs vs. a platform capable of quickly adapting emerging technologies to address future ...
We are given a desktop platform with Java 8 or Java 9 installed and seek to find a way to deploy high-performance Java applications that use Java 3D and/or Jogl without having to run an installer. We are subject to the constraint that the applications be signed and deployed so that they can be run in a trusted environment (i.e., outside of the sandbox). Further, we seek to do this in a way that does not depend on bundling a JRE with our applications, as this makes downloads and installations rat...
Widespread fragmentation is stalling the growth of the IIoT and making it difficult for partners to work together. The number of software platforms, apps, hardware and connectivity standards is creating paralysis among businesses that are afraid of being locked into a solution. EdgeX Foundry is unifying the community around a common IoT edge framework and an ecosystem of interoperable components.
DX World EXPO, LLC, a Lighthouse Point, Florida-based startup trade show producer and the creator of "DXWorldEXPO® - Digital Transformation Conference & Expo" has announced its executive management team. The team is headed by Levent Selamoglu, who has been named CEO. "Now is the time for a truly global DX event, to bring together the leading minds from the technology world in a conversation about Digital Transformation," he said in making the announcement.
In this strange new world where more and more power is drawn from business technology, companies are effectively straddling two paths on the road to innovation and transformation into digital enterprises. The first path is the heritage trail – with “legacy” technology forming the background. Here, extant technologies are transformed by core IT teams to provide more API-driven approaches. Legacy systems can restrict companies that are transitioning into digital enterprises. To truly become a lead...
Digital Transformation (DX) is not a "one-size-fits all" strategy. Each organization needs to develop its own unique, long-term DX plan. It must do so by realizing that we now live in a data-driven age, and that technologies such as Cloud Computing, Big Data, the IoT, Cognitive Computing, and Blockchain are only tools. In her general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Rebecca Wanta explained how the strategy must focus on DX and include a commitment from top management to create great IT jobs, monitor ...
"Cloud Academy is an enterprise training platform for the cloud, specifically public clouds. We offer guided learning experiences on AWS, Azure, Google Cloud and all the surrounding methodologies and technologies that you need to know and your teams need to know in order to leverage the full benefits of the cloud," explained Alex Brower, VP of Marketing at Cloud Academy, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clar...
The IoT Will Grow: In what might be the most obvious prediction of the decade, the IoT will continue to expand next year, with more and more devices coming online every single day. What isn’t so obvious about this prediction: where that growth will occur. The retail, healthcare, and industrial/supply chain industries will likely see the greatest growth. Forrester Research has predicted the IoT will become “the backbone” of customer value as it continues to grow. It is no surprise that retail is ...