Cloud and virtualized data recovery company Zerto announced that it surpassed 2014 targets, recording 140 percent revenue growth while doubling its customer base to 800 customers in 38 countries.
To support this international growth, the company opened multiple new offices including offices in the United Kingdom and in Australia.
Zerto also increased its partner base to 500 worldwide channel partners and 170 cloud service providers.
In 2014, the company also reached the following milestones:
- Closed a $26 million round of Series D financing. New investor Harmony Partners led the financing, with participation by all current investors, which include Battery Ventures, Greylock IL (now 83North), RTP Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners.
- Introduced offsite backup capabilities, as part of Zerto Virtual Replication 3.5, a new model of data protection combining replication, continuous data protection (CDP) and long-term retention at the target site.
- Announced Zerto Virtual Replication for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Hyper-V, bringing the same level of enterprise-class data protection to customers regardless of their underlying infrastructure. Some additional features of Zerto Virtual Replication for AWS and Hyper-V include:
- Hypervisor agnostic replication – including from VMware vSphere to Microsoft Hyper-V and from VMware vSphere to AWS
- No snapshots – Zerto Virtual Replication uses continuous data protection to minimize impact on the production environment
- Automated orchestration of disaster recovery processes for application consistency
- Simple management interface for KPIs and reporting on DR failovers and tests
- Increased the number of channel partners in the Zerto Alliance Partner Program – which enables companies to implement this powerful approach to BC/DR – by more than 83 percent to 500.
- Launched online partner training empowering more than 1,250 channel partner training certifications earned; 810 technical, 440 sales.
- Launched new partner portal.
- Grew the channel team at Zerto to include Channel Account Managers and Field Marketing Managers worldwide helping to support the growing channel ecosystem.
- Expanded the Zerto Cloud Ecosystem to 170 cloud providers who are revolutionizing DR by using Zerto Virtual Replication to power their cloud DR offerings.
- Expanded its customer base across new verticals including finance, healthcare, manufacturing and oil and gas.
In 2015, the company is planning to focus on improving IT service continuity by supporting the ability for enterprises to move application workloads successfully between any hypervisor, cloud or storage environment.
Hike has spread its wings in the messaging app market. The Indian messaging app company has acquired Zip Phone, a US based VoIP service provider. This is a big deal for the company as the CEO explained that Hike users have been requesting the free calls service technology. Hike and Zip phone have not disclosed any financial details so far.
Hike’s CEO said that “Zip phone’s technology will allow us to bring free voice calling to the market much faster. Incidentally, this is one of the top requested features from our users as well.” Hike plans to incorporate this feature in its messaging app.
Even with the over 35 million users, Hike hopes that more smartphone users will start using the app. Zip is accessible to many people as its available for both iOS and Android platforms and it uses Wi-Fi network to enable phone call.
Anuj Jain, the CEO for Zip Phone commented on the deal saying, “As a start up enthusiasts, I had been keeping a close eye on hike and its developments and I am excited to now be part of one of the biggest and fastest growing startups in the Indian internet space and finally, building for India.”
With over 90% user base from India, Hike claims it handles over 10 billion messages every month. The company claims that that last year it raised $65 million through funding led by Tiger Global.
Though the company is doing well mostly in its place of origin, it needs to gain a worldwide user base so as to compete with other messaging apps like WhatsApp, Line, and WeChat. The acquisition of the new app could help it get more subscribers worldwide.
Founded in 2004, Speedflow is already a well-known telecom services provider and VoIP software developer.
The company’s telecom portfolio includes wholesale and retail premium VoIP A-Z termination services that targets transit carriers and corporate subscribers.
Among its customers you can find Tier-1 national, global carriers, ISPs, corporate carriers and residential VoIP providers.
Speedflow’s constantly expanded network includes points of present in Europe, Hong Kong and the USA. They have established direct routes to prime destinations throughout the world. That enables them to provide their clients with the best VoIP rates available.
Speedflow is a well-known developer of reliable and stable software solutions for Voice over IP providers which lay in foundation of its VoIP termination services. Namely, MediaCore a Class 4 Softswitch and CallMax a Class 5 Softswitch
Speedflow’s VoIP Solutions
MediaCore is an innovative multifunctional class 4 switching and billing solution.
MediCore softswich is scalable and designed specifically for the wholesale VoIP providers.
According to the company, the “unprecedented” data integrity and security in their products are guaranteed by transparent role setting for database access and on-line access monitoring. “Even during service procedures, support don’t have access to commercial data. Native firewall, clustering and backup mechanisms handle today’s security threats.”
Here is what MadiaCore has to offer:
- end-to-end solution with modular structure;
- session border controller functionality;
- SMS support via SMPP protocol;
- user friendly and functional Web Interface;
- native SIP — H.323 protocol converter;
- multi-level security mechanism;
- regular free updates;
- 24/7 technical support.
CallMax is a Class 5 Softswitch for VoIP retail. It is the modular structure solution that comprises IP PBX, Calling Card and Call Shop platforms.
CallMax solution has integrated billing and convenient Web Portal for end-users. It comprises the following modules:
- Hosted/Virtual IP PBX
- Calling Card Platform
- Call Shop
Each of the modules is a full-fledged platform managed separately or all together as a Complete Set.
CallMax offer the following management features:
- Prepay / postpay options
- Resellers / subscribers personal profile
- Individual & shareable balances for activated services
- Credit limit control
- User account management
- Integrated top-up mechanism
- Automatic invoice generation engine
- Compatible with various processing systems (PayPal, credit card, etc.)
- Advanced report generation tools
AccuCore is a ERP system for VoIP business automation and optimization. It has rate management and financial analysis features, invoicing, as well as report generation tools.
Developed for VoIP business, AccuCore contains:
- incoming and outgoing invoices management;
- clients’ data and equipment, IP-addresses, contacts management;
- automatic suppliers’ price-lists uploading with error verification;
- e-mail notifications and price-lists delivery tracking on every client;
- new VoIP rates application into billing and routing systems;
- test-numbers database for all routes with automatic search engine;
- automatic price-list generation based on suppliers’ price-lists;
- actual targets and offers storage;
- built-in NOC TT.
AccuCore generates reports by IAS and GAAP standards. Speedflow has also developed its own system of “informative and convenient reports,” which is said to show all parameters of business processes and simplify financial analysis.
Learn more about AccuCore.
Pay-n-Get is a processing system for prepaid services distribution. It’s a perfect solution for calling card providers that eliminates the need for scratch cards.
Pay-n-get is designed for mobile top up, PIN codes selling, electronic voucher and prepaid airtime distribution.
Pay-n-Get allows refilling balances of:
- Mobile operators
- VoIP carriers
- Internet providers
- Cable / Satellite TV providers
- Utilities providers
- Other pre-paid products and services
Speedflow offers a wide range of additional VoIP services for telecom companies which are concerned about their business growth.
- VoIP Wholesale Termination
- VoIP Premium Termination
- VoIP CLI
- Class 4 VoIP Solution Rent
- Class 5 VoIP Solution Rent
- CDR Comparison
To help startup VoIP companies and to empower established ones with business agility, Speedflow offers softswitch solution for rent (hosted softswitch).
VoIP providers can either rent the software only or use the turn-key solution, which includes VoIP Softswitch as a complete set installed on company’s dedicated servers at reliable data-centers with necessary internet bandwidth. Speedflow offers flexible VoIP softswitch rent conditions depending on the traffic volume.
Speedflow also offers a CDR comparison service which gives the customer the ability to settle all debt disputes with its partners.
Customer Care Services:
Customer care is one of Speedflow’s priorities. They provide qualified support at all times starting from the first quote request through to their software application.
Speedflow customer services include:
- Technical Support
- The backup option
- Regular Updates and Upgrades
Check out the company’s overview video:
Learn more on Speedflow website.
Google Drive, One Drive, or Dropbox have all become popular with cloud storage but there is a new wave blowing – that of personal cloud data storage and to this end Seagate has stepped in to provide Personal Cloud service.
The storage giant showcased its new Iaas, Infrastructure-as-a-Service products at the CES 2015. According to Seagate, their aim is to provide storage services to individuals who wish to access music, photos, and videos anytime anywhere and they will be able to do so using their phones and tablets. Small businesses can also benefit from the service as they are able to securely store, retrieve and share data stored on the personal cloud drive.
Small businesses are bound to benefit from this service more than individual customers. Why so? For starters, the storage space. The personal cloud line offers 3-5 terabytes while the personal cloud 2 bay line gives 4, 6, and 8 TB.
Here is another reason, for security reasons. Personal cloud 2 bay can be set up in RAID( Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks) 1 mode or better yet, it is possible to use all storage for file storage.
The device is compatible with the Apple Time Machine and continously and automatically backs up windows and mac. Apart fom the storage devices being NAS, they can also compliment public cloud service when configured. Better yet, they can automatically back up to the popular providers like HiDrive, DropBox, Amazon S3, Baidu, Box, and Yandex disk. The device has an option where it can be synced to Google Drive, Baidu and DropBox.
Additional apps can be installed as the device has a built-in app manager. BitTorrent Sync, ElephantDrive and WordPress can all be installed. Also, the software development kit enables third-party developers to come up with their own services or to intergrate such with web based and other cloud services.
This service is benefitial to individuals but more benefitial to small businesses. Considering businesses are out to reduce their cost, this would work well for them as its inexpensive.`
Samsung’s newest phone, the Galaxy A7, stands out in 2 ways; its is the most thin phone of all its Galaxy A collections and a lot of emphasis has also been put on social networking. For a while now, there has been many rumors on its release that its actual realease doesnt feel so new.
The Galaxy A7 is the thinnest but it shares some of its qualities with other A series phone. For example, both the Galaxy A5 and the Samsung Galaxy A3 feature the same kind of metallic unibody as the Galaxy A7.
Other features include a 260mAh battery, 5.5 inch 1080p saMOLED display, a slot for a microSD card of up to 64GB, 16GB storage, and a 2GB RAM. The main camera has LED light, autofocus and 13 megapixels while the front has 5 megapixels and a sensor.
Buyers can also choose between 2 sim cards and 1 sim card phone. The 1 sim card phone has 32-bit Exynos 5430 processor while the double sim features a 64-bit snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. Currently, the phone uses the Android 4.4 KitKat but this is expected to change soon after the launch of Android 5.0 Lollipop.
What makes the Galaxy A7 good for social networking? To start with, the phone has an “auto selfie” setting on the front camera. It also has gesture and voice command features which come in handy when taking pictures.
Another feaure is the “ultra wide Shot”. For people that like sharing their pictures on social media, the LTE 4G makes it so easy and fast to browse and share.
Galaxy A7 is expected to retail at about $600 and will be available in selected markets for the first quarter of 2015.
Speedflow has just launched a new version of CallMax, a Class 5 Softswitch for VoIP retail.
The new release offers a host of new features that increase efficiency, reduce hassle and makes the software more competitive. Among the upgrades in the new release are:
- A responsive web interface that supports all kinds of devices, such as smartphones and tablets, meaning you can keep in touch with your business when you are out of the office.
- Updated billing and invoicing features that make the operation more secure and convenient.
We always aim to keep our solutions up-to-date and version 3.4 comes just in time for the busy holiday season as a present to our loyal customers.
CallMax version 3.4 is free for Speedflow’s CallMax partners and can be updated quickly at any time.
Speedflow announced that it now supports and develops businesses in Africa.
To contribute to VoIP development in the region, Speedflow is offering its hosted IP PBX, Calling Card and Call Shop solutions at an “unprecedented low price” especially for African companies.
The company invites African VoIP providers looking to optimize their business and migrate to a more reliable software platform, to join Speedflow’s program.
Get maximum benefit from minimum input by choosing the most convenient SaaS solution for your business, and get a high-quality hosted IP PBX, Call Shop or Calling Card Platform for only $200 per month.
The CallMax is a reliable Linux-based platform for VoIP retail. The flexible turn key solution comes with integrated VoIP billing, supports an unlimited number of subscribers, has a user-friendly interface, convenient report generation tools, and a whole host of other effective features.
Besides our high-class software platform, the low price also includes hosting at our data-centre, 24/7 technical support, free installation and trainings.
You can learn more details by contacting Speedflow here.
Black Friday is here and it comes with awesome deals. If you’ve been looking for a way to cut right through the mess and to the best deals then you’ve come to the right place. You need to keep in mind that Black Friday deals won’t be up for long and some of them are actually limited to Friday. This means that you have to be quick and aggressive so as to bag the best deals. That said, here are our top 10 Black Friday electronics deals this year.
- Sony 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV – $1498.00 (50% off)
Enhance your TV watching experience with the Sony XBR55X850B 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. This new TV features 120Hz refresh rate, LED backlight, smart functions such as Internet browser, Twitter, Skype, 3 USB, 4 HDMI and MHL. The TV also comes with various accessories including two 3D glasses, IR blaster, a remote, and touchpad remote control.
It retails at $1,498.00 and you get to save 50% off the original price.
- Jabra FREEWAY Bluetooth Speakerphone – $49.99 (62% off)
The Jabra FREEWAY Bluetooth Speakerphone is a revolutionary car speakerphone with crisp and rich sound from 3 speakers and a virtual surround sound. You can use it to take and make calls completely hands-free, and it will even announce the name of the caller. It also features A2DP streaming for music playback and GPS directions. The FM transmitter sends calls and music from your mobile phone to the car radio. It also comes with noise reduction technology and advanced multiuse for Bluetooth connections.
Get 62% off and buy it for only $49.99.
- Optoma Projector with HDMI – $899.00 (64% off)
Get 64% off the Optoma HD25-LV Projector with HDMI, which delivers high-quality and high-resolution home theatre experience. It features sharp and visually stunning image quality thanks to its use of the 1080p resolution. It also comes with full 3D compatibility and in-built SRS WOW HD Surround Sound for exceptional sound quality and rich deep bass.
- Samsung 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TV - $797.99 (43% 0ff)
The Samsung UN55H6350 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz is one of a kind smart LED TV. It features a minimalist design and offers top-of-the-class smart TV suite with more content than most TVs. This TV also comes with out-of-this-world picture quality with excellent processing, accurate color, and nice-bright-room.
This TV was previously selling at $1,399.99, but with the 43% discount you can now own it for $797.99.
- Bose Digital Home Theater Speaker System – 345.95 (42% off)
This Black Friday you can save up to 42% off this beautifully crafted and high-quality Bose CineMate GS Series II Digital Home Theater Speaker System. This 2.1-channel speaker has been specifically designed to enhance audio from video sources, including your TV. The home theater features a simplified setup that makes connections a breeze. It also features improved digital acoustic and gemstone speakers.
- Seiki 39-Inch 720p 60Hz LED TV – $209.99 (58% off)
You get to save 58% when you purchase this 39-inch Seiki SE39HE02 720p LED TV. This TV comes with 60Hz refresh rate, Edge-Lit LED backlight, 1 VGA, 3 HDMI, and 1 USB. The TV dimensions without the stand are 34.78” x 21.52” x 9.78” while with stand it is 34.78” x 20.21″ x 2.87”.
This is a great TV to own and it retails at $209.99.
- Infinity Three-way dual 6-1/2-Inch Speaker – $179.40 (46% off)
Get up to 70% off on the Infinity Primus Three-way dual 6-1/2-Inch Speaker. This high-quality speaker allows you to experience home entertainment at a new level of realism and clarity, featuring 5-way binding posts, MMD hi-frequency, mid-range, and low-frequency drivers. With the low resonance enclosures and Primus P363BK’s Metal Matrix Diaphragm technology you can now hear the music exactly the way it was recorded without any alterations.
- Samsung Blu-Ray Disc Player – $47.99 (52% off)
Multiply your entertainment with the Samsung BD-H5100 Blu-Ray Disc Player. This new player comes with HD Upconversion and improved picture quality. You can also use it to stream shows and movies with instant access to entertainment thanks to its myriad of in-built apps.
This disc player retails at $47.99 and thus saves you 52% off the original price.
- VIZIO 60-inch 1080p Smart LED TV – $1049.99 (48% off)
Save up to 48% off with the VIZIO M602i-B3 60-inch 1080p Smart LED TV. This is not your normal TV as if features Full-Array LED backlight that helps with the distribution of LED light behind the entire screen, which helps in delivering superior picture performance and light uniformity. The TV also comes with VIZIO Internet Apps Plus that allows you to instantly enjoy the latest TV shows, hit movies, and music. Other functions that you will absolutely love include active pixel tuning, clear 720 action, and 32 active LED zones.
- Panasonic Smart Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player – $54.99 (58% off)
Save 58% off the original price with the Panasonic DMP-BDT225 Smart Wi-Fi 3D Blu-ray Player. This is a true smart device with web browsing capability, miracast that allows you to share and see smartphone content, fast loading of Blu-ray discs and in-built Wi-Fi.
Speedflow released “the biggest update ever” to its MediaCore Class 4 switching and billing solution. MediaCore version 4.3 is packed with various new features and it’s available right now from Speedflow.
The new release introduces numerous new features and improvements:
- Additional security tools.
- Upgraded Spam Calls filtering.
- A handy new Event Trace option in the Guardian module.
- Updated Dialpeer settings.
The new version of MediaCore also includes the newly optimized Diagrams, Call Charts, Financial Summary and other reports, in addition to the Trouble Ticket generation tool.
MediaCore 4.3 also offers a long list of alterations to Codecs settings, DTMF Methods Support, SIP protocol (Info, RFC 2833) and H.323 protocol (RFC 2833, H.245 Alphanumeric, H.245 Signal).
The update is free for current MediaCore customers.
You can find more details on the new version of MediaCore on the Speedflow website.
Amplicomms, a mobile phone company, has introduced a new phone specifically tailored for senior citizens. PowerTel M9000, nicknamed ‘Grandoid’, has a loud ringtone that makes it great for people with hearing impairment. The easy-to-read-screen also makes it ideal for people with impaired sight.
There is also an easy to access SOS button at the rear. The phone uses Android that has been really simplified so as not to confuse the older people.
On top of having louder than normal handset volume, this phone is also compatible with many hearing aids. Seniors also have the opportunity to download their favorite music onto the phone.
The Amplicomms Power Tel M9000 also features Bluetooth and therefore it connects to a range of devices, including induction loops, other phones, computers, tablets and in-car audio system.
To add to its abilities, the phone uses a clever caller ID system that reads out the phone number.
The ‘Grandoid’ also comes with a 2-year warranty, so seniors can have considerable peace of mind.