Archive for March 24, 2020

HP and partners mobilize 3D printing solutions to battle COVID-19

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 24, 2020 by itnerd

HP Inc. and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing their 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in the effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 1000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals.  HP’s 3D R&D centers in Barcelona, Spain; Corvallis, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, Washington are collaborating with partners around the world in a coordinated effort to increase production to meet the most urgent needs.  Initial applications being validated and finalized for industrial production include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts. HP is also coordinating with government, health, and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronized and effective approach.

3D Printing Parts to Help Contain COVID-19oreirst applications being validated and produced include:

  • Hands-Free Door Opener:  Door handles are among the most germ-infested objects in houses, hospitals, factories, and elderly homes.  This adapter allows for easy and more sanitary opening with an elbow.
  • Mask Adjuster:  Many hospital staff are required to wear masks for long periods of time.  This clasp is designed to improve comfort and alleviate associated ear pain.
  • Face Shields:  Face shields are one of the highest-need personal protection items.  Brackets to hold the shield and comfortably fit the wearer are a critical component.

Many more applications are in the testing and validation phase and are expected to begin production soon, including:

  • Field Ventilator: 3D printed parts for a mechanical bag valve mask (BVM) that is designed for use as a short-term emergency ventilation of COVID-19 patients. This simplified design enables a robust and less-complex device, facilitating its rapid production and assembly.
  • FFP3 Face Masks:  Effective protective gear is needed for medical providers to treat the volume of expected COVID-19 patients.  HP is validating several hospital-grade face masks and expects them to be available shortly.

Making Many Part Designs Available

HP and its partners will be making the validated design files for many of the parts that do not require complex assembly freely available at this website for download.

3D designers and innovators who wish to join the battle against COVID-19 can contribute new applications and ideas at this website.

Get Parts 3D Printed Now

If you need support with application development or would like to order parts please submit your request here.

HP’s powerful and global 3D Printing Network of Digital Manufacturing and Production Partners are stepping up to fulfill these orders and support the world’s health community.

Guest Post: Commvault Provides Free Laptop Data Protection with Unlimited Azure Storage through September 1st

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 24, 2020 by itnerd

By Janet Giesen, VP of Metallic Operations and Go to Market, Commvault
We understand the challenge you, the IT community, is currently facing with the global health crisis and resulting changes in how we work. Now, almost overnight, you likely need to support a workforce that has become largely remote. You may find yourself needing to support remote operations and infrastructure while keeping your employees safe, your business running, and employees’ laptop data protected. And, you need to do this now.

At Commvault, we know that our services can help you keep remote workers’ data safe in this extraordinary time, and we are prepared to do it free of charge, supported by our partnership with Microsoft Azure. That is why we are making instant access to Commvault’s SaaS offering: Metallic™ Endpoint Backup and Recovery available, at no cost and with unlimited Microsoft Azure backup storage for up to 1,000 endpoint devices, in the U.S. and Canada through September 1, 2020.

This offering comes with no strings attached, no sales conversations, and provides new and existing customers with a simple solution for endpoint data protection, to safeguard laptops and other endpoint data from corruption, deletion, and opportunistic malware and ransomware attacks. These types of protections become even more critical in times like these as they help stave off bad actors looking to exploit the situation.

Leveraging Microsoft Azure Cloud storage with Metallic’s SaaS-based delivery of endpoint protection lets users quickly start protecting their remote workers’ devices without physical interaction or downtime. It can be up and running in minutes and provides sophisticated, enterprise-grade technology that can quickly scale, without impacting employees. It includes geo-location, complementing Azure’s Geo-Replication, and remote wipe functions to securely erase data from lost or stolen laptops. In addition, Metallic’s silent installs and backups require no action from end users, protecting desktop and laptop data without impacting user productivity.

Many companies – small-and-midsized in particular – do not have an existing blueprint to easily protect endpoint data in a secure, scalable way. As you pivot your IT operations to face the current reality, we want to reduce the strain you are already under.

More information and access to the free solution can be found on our Metallic website.

Martello iQ: Making it Easier for IT Teams to Reliably Deliver the Critical Business Services that Remote Workers Depend On

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 24, 2020 by itnerd

Martello Technologies Group Inc. today announced the latest release of Martello iQ, which includes new features designed to help IT teams better deliver services for remote and office workers.

Martello iQ is an IT Operations Analytics solution that unifies disparate monitoring tools, cloud platforms, and IT Service Management (ITSM) systems for improved troubleshooting, decreased downtime, and easier reporting. Performance and availability of business services such as Office 365 and unified communications (UC) is critical to the productivity of today’s increasingly remote workforce. The new release of Martello iQ helps IT teams manage the demands of an organization’s remote workforce by maintaining service levels around the clock and enabling performance analytics.

Denmark-based Københavns Professionshøjskole (University College Copenhagen) uses Martello iQ to consolidate data from multiple monitoring, IT service management, and business applications. The addition of Service Level Agreement (SLA) monitoring in the latest release of Martello iQ now also enables the education institution to ensure the reliable delivery of its business services.

Key features of the latest Martello iQ release:

Increased Focus on Service Level Agreement Monitoring

  • Aligns IT teams and business stakeholders according to terms of Service Level Objectives (SLO) targets.
  • Improves customer service and enables issues to be rectified proactively before impacting the end user by enabling SLOs to be configured for each business service and using these settings to calculate and display performance data.

Augmented Mitel Performance Analytics Alarm Management Capabilities

  • Partners and enterprises using Mitel Performance Analytics (MPA), the UC performance analytics software developed by Martello, can now bring together unified communications and IT operations for complete ICT performance visibility and control.
  • Rich dashboards now provide comprehensive visibility across all devices.

Martello Technologies Group Inc. is a technology company providing digital experience monitoring and optimization solutions that monitor, analyze and optimize the performance of real-time cloud services. Martello’s products include SD-WAN technology, unified communications (UC) performance analytics software, and IT analytics software. Its partners include Mitel, Microsoft and Paessler. Martello Technologies Group is a public company headquartered in Ottawa, Canada with offices in Montreal, Amsterdam, Paris, Dallas and New York. Learn more at


Aptum Launches Hybrid Cloud Manager

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 24, 2020 by itnerd

Aptum, a global hybrid cloud and managed services provider, today launched Hybrid Cloud Manager, powered by HyperGrid, a management platform that enables customers to assess, monitor, optimize, provision and govern private and hyperscale public cloud environments through a single interface. The new service gives customers full control of their costs and simplifies the management of single, hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

Aptum’s Hybrid Cloud Manager is designed to improve the cloud experience for organizations by removing complexity and giving them real-time visibility into cloud resources and configurations. Customers can manage their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS) environments through one dashboard that offers a complete picture of the economics and performance characteristics of every cloud resource. The single view gives IT and business decision makers the information they need in a meaningful and contextual format, along with controls to continually optimize their cloud environments in real time.

Data is becoming an integral part of companies’ planning, offering new insights and efficiencies. But to unlock the full potential of their data, businesses need to treat their data as part of their corporate infrastructure. Aptum’s Hybrid Cloud Manager helps enable data as infrastructure by allowing organizations to track and control their data anywhere in the cloud.

Aptum’s Hybrid Cloud Manager uses a comprehensive set of tools and APIs to give customers the insight they need to better control:
• Cloud migration assessments
• Cloud planning and application insights
• Cloud cost management and optimization
• Cloud security and governance
• Compliance requirements
• Cloud and multi-cloud configuration

Aptum’s Hybrid Cloud Manager is available immediately to Aptum customers globally with cost analytics and optimization, and performance monitoring and recommendations for public and private cloud environments launching with Azure and VMware support. For more information visit