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IO Expands Asia Pacific Presence

IO, the global pioneer in the manufacture of software-defined data centers with Intelligent Control® next-generation data center infrastructure technology, today named Tractors Machinery International Pte. Ltd (TMI) as its distribution partner in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. This partnership advances IO’s aggressive global expansion strategy to provide the world’s biggest companies with sustainable data center solutions that deliver extraordinary capital savings, operational efficiencies and energy conservation.

IO is the first company in the Asia Pacific market to provide Data Center 2.0 technology, which consists of purpose-built products that are manufactured rather than constructed, marking a fundamental shift in the way data centers are assembled, consumed and operated. TMI will serve as IO’s exclusive distributor of the IO.Anywhere® platform, which includes standard, secure, and UL-listed data center modules that replace, augment or transform traditional data center infrastructure. TMI also will distribute IO.OS®, the world’s first true data center operating system that integrates modular and legacy infrastructure with the entire IT stack, providing unsurpassed visibility, insight and control to optimize data center performance.

“IO’s Data Center 2.0 products are embraced by the most demanding enterprise technology users in the world, and Asia Pacific is a highly sophisticated market,” said Oon Ho Tan, General Manager of Tractors Machinery International Pte. Ltd, “With IO, we are empowered to deliver next-generation technology that optimizes service delivery, reduces risks and aligns the data center with the needs of business and IT.”

By partnering with IO, TMI gains exclusive rights going forward to distribute IO.Anywhere products within the territory, as well as access to IO training and certification programs, technology resources, and sales and marketing support.  As an IO global distribution partner, TMI is poised to generate incremental revenue by leveraging IO’s next–generation technology platform and global brand equity.

“With the global rise of mobility, cloud and big data, companies everywhere must rely on their data centers to deliver unprecedented business agility,” said Adil Attlassy, IO Senior Vice President of Global Operations.  “TMI is ideally situated to help IO’s global clients improve data center efficiency, agility, security, reliability and sustainability.”


Polsinelli Shughart Expands Nationwide

Polsinelli Shughart PC welcomes 19 new associate attorneys to the firm. The additions are part of the firm’s ongoing national growth and commitment to the development of new attorneys. The associates will practice in health care, financial services, real estate, life sciences, energy and technology and litigation.

“The firm recently announced our 21 new shareholders and now we’re pleased to be adding the services of 19 new associates,” said Polsinelli Shughart Chairman Russ Welsh. “We welcome these young attorneys to the firm and we are excited to be helping them start or advance their legal careers.”

The new Phoenix attorneys are:

• Frances R. Sjoberg, Real Estate Development/Transactions She earned her law degree from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, with honors, 2011.
• Andrew C. Stanley, Environmental Litigation. He earned his J.D. from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2012.


SRP Expands Popular EZ-3 Price Plan

Salt River Project (SRP) is offering residential customers two new ways to help save resources and money. On average, families save 6 percent annually on their energy bills with the SRP EZ-3™ Price Plan by reducing energy use from 3–6 p.m. weekdays. Starting this month, SRP offers even more ways to save with two new pilot times: 2–5 p.m. and 4–7 p.m. Space is limited to 10,000 customers for each new time.

“Our Time-of-Day Price Plans, such as EZ-3 and Time-of-Use, are designed to accommodate a variety of lifestyles and offer more ways to save,” explained Debbie Kimberly, SRP’s Director of Customer Programs & Marketing. “We added new EZ-3 options to make it easier for more people to fit it into their lifestyle. Whether they work 9 to 5, evenings or shift work, they can find an option that best suits their needs.”

SRP offers these options to help control energy prices during “on-peak” hours, when it costs the most to produce electricity because of high demand. Customers who enroll and help by shifting or reducing energy usage during higher-cost hours are rewarded with lower prices during off-peak hours.

Here’s a checklist to determine if an EZ-3 plan is a good fit:

  • August bill exceeds $125
  • Reside in an average-size or a large home
  • Use major appliances daily
  • Can significantly limit or shift energy use for just three hours

Time-of-Day Price Plans have helped customers save money for more than 20 years. Today, more than 200,000 SRP customers participate in these programs. For more information or to sign up, call (602) 236-8888 or visit savewithsrp.com.

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FirstSouthwest Expands Nationwide Presence with Phoenix Office

Dallas-based diversified investment bank FirstSouthwest, which has served as financial advisor on more bond and note transactions in the past ten years than any other firm, ranking No. 1 nationally for nine of the past 10 years according to MuniAnalytics, today announced the firm expanded its nationwide presence with the opening of a new office in Phoenix located at 2398 E. Camelback Road.

In addition to public finance advisory and underwriting, the Firm also offers professional experience in asset management, capital markets, corporate finance and correspondent clearing. Known as a leader in public finance, FirstSouthwest takes a client-focused team approach to capital financing advisory service. This begins at the preliminary strategic stages of preparation for capital projects and continues with market leading advisory service for structuring, pricing and closing financing transactions. FirstSouthwest currently serves more than 1,600 public finance clients.

“I am pleased to welcome industry veterans Terry Maas and Bruce Kelley to the FirstSouthwest team,” said Hill A. Feinberg, chairman and CEO of FirstSouthwest. “Under their leadership, we look forward to providing our clients in this community with the highest level of service and professionalism that our company was founded on more than 65 years ago.”

Terry Maas joined FirstSouthwest in October, 2011, and in his role as senior vice president he manages both the Phoenix office and the Western region. With 37 years of experience in the public finance industry, Maas specializes in general government, utilities, airports, health care and special district financing. He has served many issuers in California, Nevada and Arizona over his career and has been responsible for the creation of billions of dollars in funding for many types of capital projects. Maas has been active in Arizona public finance for over 30 years having represented the cities of Scottsdale, Glendale, Phoenix, Nogales and many others as both underwriter and financial advisor. He is currently financial advisor to the Arizona Health Facilities Authority, the major issuer of health care bonds in the state. Maas is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and holds both an M.B.A. and an M.P.A. from California State University.

Bruce Kelley has over 30 years of experience, primarily in the health care area, and will serve as senior vice president in the Phoenix office.  Kelley specializes in merger and acquisition, affiliations and joint ventures, as well as underwriting and financial advisory services, involving nonprofit and governmental health care entities. He has acted as advisor in numerous transactions involving the acquisition or sale of healthcare facilities, including both acute care hospitals and systems, health maintenance organizations and transactions involving home health, hospice, personal care, skilled nursing and senior living facilities, and has provided underwriting or financial advisory services to many of Arizona’s hospitals. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame.


Microchip Expands USB Portfolio

Chandler-based Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, announced from the DESIGN East/ESC Boston Conference the expansion of its certified Full-Speed USB 2.0 Device PIC microcontroller portfolio with three new Enhanced Midrange 8-bit families comprising 15 scalable MCUs ranging from 14 to 100 pins with up to 128 KB of Flash.  All feature internal clock sources with the 0.25% clock accuracy necessary for USB communication, which saves up to $0.15 by eliminating the need for an external crystal.  Additionally, all three families are eXtreme Low Power compliant, with power consumption down to 35 µA/MHz Active and 20 nA in Sleep mode.

The 14- and 20-pin PIC16F145X MCUs are Microchip’s lowest-cost and smallest-form-factor USB MCUs to date.  Available in packages as small as 4×4 mm and featuring a wide array of integrated peripherals, the three-member family enables embedded applications that require USB connectivity and capacitive touch sensing, such as pulse oxymeters, PC accessories and security dongles.

The PIC18F2X/4XK50 devices, available in 28- and 40/44-pins, offer a cost-effective, pin-compatible migration option for customers utilizing legacy PIC18 USB MCUs.  The three family members feature 1.8-5V operation, and integrate a “Charge Time Measurement Unit” for higher performance cap-touch sensing as well as measurement in applications such as audio docks and data loggers.

The full-featured PIC18F97J94 family is Microchip’s first to offer integrated LCD control, RTCC with Vbat, and USB on a single 8-bit PIC microcontroller.  Available in 64, 80 and 100 pins, the nine-member family offers a 60×8 LCD controller (for a total of 480 segments), which eliminates the need for an external controller in applications with large segmented displays.  It also integrates a real-time clock/calendar with battery back-up for end products such as home-automation/security panels, handheld scanners and single-phase energy meters.

“Today’s broad announcement demonstrates our commitment to innovation in the 8-bit MCU market,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s MCU8 Division.  “No one else offers crystal-free USB microcontrollers from 14 to 100 pins with this level of integration and low power consumption.”

To help speed development times, the downloadable and open-source USB Framework within the free Microchip Library of Applications (MLA) includes USB drivers for many common USB classes, including HID, CDC, Mass Storage, Win-USB and Audio-MIDI.  These drivers can be used with all 15 of the new PIC MCUs.

In addition to providing free USB software drivers and stacks, Microchip hardware development tools are available for purchase.  The Low Pin Count USB Development Kit (part # DM164127, $39.99) is available now, for use with the PIC16F145X family.  The PICDEM™ FS-USB Board (part # DM163025-1, $59.99) is expected to be available in October, for use with the PIC18FXXK50 family.

Full-Speed USB Plug-in Modules (PIMs) are expected to be available in November for the PIC18F97J94 and PIC18F87J94, at a cost of $45 each, that operate standalone or in conjunction with Microchip’s existing LCD Explorer Development Board (part # DM240314, $125) and PIC18 Explorer Development System (part # DV164136, $165), respectively.  Further documentation and information is available from Microchip’s USB and LCD Design Centers at http://www.microchip.com/get/34BL and http://www.microchip.com/get/J4RV.


SunGard Expands Services Capability In Scottsdale

SunGard Availability Services announced it has completed expansion of its data center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Designed to meet increasing customer demand for colocation, managed services and recovery services, SunGard’s investment will help customers address their business IT needs without incurring the capital and operating expenses of building and running their own data centers.

The expansion project adds 7,400 square feet of raised floor and nearly one megawatt of power, bringing the facility’s total capacity to three megawatts. SunGard offers customers a 100 percent power availability service level agreement and their choice of six tier-one Internet Service Providers for network availability, capacity and diversity. SunGard delivers fully managed IT services and recovery services with experienced staff on premise 24×7 within the expanded Scottsdale facility.

The Scottsdale project follows major expansions at SunGard data centers in Philadelphia and Carlstadt, N.J. earlier this year. SunGard has made a major commitment to Arizona with data centers in Scottsdale and Phoenix, and the Scottsdale project’s general contractor was Caliente Construction of Mesa, Ariz. The Phoenix/Scottsdale region is seen as an optimal data center location due to the area’s low risk of natural disasters; low-cost, reliable energy supplies; and close proximity to Southern California.

“This expansion better enables organizations to select space and power environments to meet their needs today and be confident they can grow as requirements evolve – with ability to add managed and recovery services for long-term agility,” said Joe Sullivan, vice president, product management – managed services, SunGard Availability Services.

“Customers are backed by a skilled team of multi-specialty IT professionals who provide comprehensive technical, administrative and engineering support for their application environments.”

SunGard’s colocation and managed services allow organizations to run their business applications at a SunGard facility rather than at their own data centers. SunGard solutions include hosting services, application services, e-mail and collaboration services, network services, managed security services, storage services and replication services.

These solutions are suited to organizations of all sizes that require a secure, highly available and redundant IT environment.

At the Scottsdale facility, SunGard also offers disaster recovery services that help organizations recover from business interruptions, and Workforce Continuity services that provide an alternative workspace when a customer facility is unavailable, allowing employees to quickly return to work. Workforce Continuity can support business processes including call center, customer service, order processing, help desk and other key customer functions.

The Scottsdale data center demonstrates SunGard’s commitment to governance, risk and compliance through annual SSAE16 Type II audits, following the ITILv3 framework and certification to the ISO 20000-1 standard. SunGard further enhances its regulatory posture by following security procedures that comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS), HIPAA and NIST SP 800-53.