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January 2017 Tech News Roundup

January 2017 Tech News Roundup

Article Published: January 30, 2017

AC&NC Introduces JetStor 826FXD All Flash Array

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 At 10.39.59 AMAC&NC, a provider of leading RAID/Hybrid Flash/All Flash storage solutions, introduced the JetStor 826FXD All Flash Array for enterprises, public and private clouds, SMBs, and remote and branch offices that demand the fastest, most cost-effective storage systems. The platform features dual active controllers, Intel’s newest 5th-generation D1500 Quad core processor with up to 64GB RAM per controller, DDR4 system memory, the latest 12Gb SAS 3.0 technology, onboard high speed 10GbE LAN ports, and the latest JetStor SANOS 4.0 SAN management software.

The 2U, 26-bay JetStor 826FXD RAID array offers extremely fast CPUs, delivers over 250K IOPS, and scales to over 4.4 petabytes of raw storage, making it ideal for a wide range of business and transactional processing needs. These include: big data, HPC, and Hadoop applications; Oracle and SQL databases; virtualization and VDI; CCTV; and backups and archiving.

“With high-speed, data-intensive applications becoming commonplace, even among smaller firms, as well as the processing of large files in such industries as media and healthcare, the all-flash JetStor 826FXD array is an unmatched combination of performance, price, and scalability” said Gene Leyzarovich, president of AC&NC. “No other solution more affordably offers such speed in an all-flash platform with multi-petabyte scalability.”

MyHouseCall Launches in the Pittsburgh Region

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 At 10.37.42 AMMyHouseCall is a mobile healthcare app service that connects patients with medical providers in the Pittsburgh area. The Company offers both telemedicine (video call between patient and medical provider) and house call services utilizing qualified nurse practitioners and physicians.

The company provides a number of medical services including the evaluation and treatment of common non-emergency complaints, many standard labs such as those which are done in a doctors’ office, and minor surgical procedures, including draining abscesses, removal of small foreign bodies and other minor medical procedures. Additionally, the medical providers can prescribe commonly utilized prescription medications if indicated.

MyHouseCall was developed with the belief that healthcare should be both convenient and affordable. Today’s busy lifestyles, work, social obligations, and dozens of other responsibilities can make it difficult to get medical care when and where people need it. MyHouseCall addresses this need by providing care via either a telemedicine call, or a visit to the patients’ home or work.

MyHouseCall is easily accessed when the app is loaded on a smartphone or tablet. The services are available 7 days a week 365 days a year. Learn more and download the app at http://www.myhousecall.net/.

Community Elf Lands $2M Series A Round

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 At 10.38.05 AMCommunity Elf, implementers of content marketing strategies and creators of active content discovery tool UpContent, announced today that it raised $2 million to accelerate growth. The Series A round was led by Topanga Partners, a private equity fund based in Pittsburgh. The capital infusion will be leveraged to accelerate UpContent’s product roadmap and drive awareness of the newly launched UpContent Gallery product offering.

Apogee IT Services Acquires DSM Computing Solutions Inc. 

Screen Shot 2017-01-30 At 10.39.09 AMApogee IT Services, a managed IT services company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., acquired DSM Computing Solutions, an IT services provider based in Toronto, Ontario. Operating as Canada-based company Apogee IT Services Canada, Toronto becomes Apogee’s third major operations center, joining Pittsburgh and Boston.

The addition of the Toronto operation continues the strategic extension of Apogee’s world-class IT service offerings across northeastern North America. Brook Venture Partners of Wakefield, Mass. led the acquisition of DSM Computing Solutions in conjunction with co-investor Blue Heron Capital, a private equity firm based in Richmond, Va.

“Our vision is to provide world-class IT to SMBs across the northeast,” said Michael Halperin, CEO of Apogee IT Services. “It is especially exciting for us to grow internationally and we are fortunate enough to have combined with DSM, who aligns with Apogee’s culture and high standards for service delivery. On a personal level, I am especially excited to be in Toronto, a place I know and love.” Halperin’s father resided in the city for nearly 40 years.

AutoSoft Named Top Place to Work

Autosoft, Inc., an innovative dealership management system provider, has been named the 37th Best Place to Work in PA for 2016. The Best Places to Work awards program, created in 2000, is one of the first statewide programs of its kind in the country. The program is a public/private partnership between the Team Pennsylvania Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Central Penn Business Journal. 

"We're extremely proud to receive recognition for three consecutive years," says Autosoft's President and CEO, Bryce Veon. "People are our most valuable asset, and if they're happy, they'll work hard and foster a culture of innovation that drives the future success of our company. We do our best daily to make Autosoft a place our employees are proud to work."

Autosoft offers all employees a number of progressive benefits, including volunteer time off, peer-to-peer bonuses, healthy snack carts, and wellness activities that generate company contributions to employees' HSA accounts. 

EisnerAmper Picks Bellefield Systems’ iTimeKeep Technology

Bellefield Systems, LLC, the leader in mobile and anywhere time entry solutions for firms of all sizes, announced that one of the largest accounting firms in the nation, EisnerAmper, has chosen iTimeKeep as its firm-wide mobile and desktop time entry solution.

EisnerAmper, with its nearly 1,300 employees, including 180 partners, offers responsive accounting, consulting and tax services with an entrepreneurial focus, providing clients around the world with smart, analytical insights delivered in an approachable style. Professionals at EisnerAmper have significant depth of knowledge in key service areas including consulting services comprised of internal audit, risk management, information technology and compliance. They also pride themselves on building strong client relationships and believe that the trust clients put in them is paramount. Each and every member of the team is passionate about working hard to help clients get down to the business of building success.


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