Rubrik Achieves Advanced Tier Technology Partner Status in AWS Partner Network

PALO ALTO, CA—(Marketwired – Aug 31, 2017) – Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management company, today announced it has been named an Advanced tier Technology Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). Rubrik is a leader in defining the large, emerging market for Cloud Data Management, delivering a solution that allows companies to recover, manage, and secure data across public clouds and on–premises environments.

For cloud–native applications, Rubrik orchestrates all critical data management functions — including backup, recovery, replication, archival, copy data management, search and analytics. As an Advanced tier Technology Partner in the APN, Rubrik demonstrates expertise in data management and disaster recovery alongside the company's commitment to deep integration with AWS, a key cloud platform for many customers. Technology Partners in the APN provide software solutions that are either hosted on or integrated with AWS.

“Rubrik customers running on AWS can instantly access data within hybrid environments to deliver best–in–class customer experiences and simplify operations,” said Ranajit Nevatia, vice president, business development and alliances, Rubrik. “We are honored to be an Advanced tier Technology Partner in the AWS APN Network after only three and a half years in business. This recognition demonstrates our team's technical knowledge and deep understanding of AWS.” 

For mid–market and large enterprises, Rubrik Cloud Data Management dramatically simplifies data management to enable new data services anytime, anywhere. In June 2017, Rubrik launched its 4.0 Alta product, the company's ninth and most significant release to date. Alta rounds out support for all major enterprise environments and applications: hypervisors including VMware, Hyper–V, Nutanix AHV; physical platforms and applications including Linux, Windows, NAS, Oracle and SQL; and archive options including AWS, Azure, NFS, object stores and tape. For application mobility or disaster recovery, Alta introduced CloudOn intelligent instantiation across data centers and clouds. CloudOn delivers on–demand app mobility, meaning users can move applications running on–premises on the fly to AWS for disaster recovery, test/dev, or analytics scenarios.

“Rubrik's support of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) helps us ease into cloud services at a cost curve that we're comfortable with,” said Terry Young, senior network and systems administrator, Castilleja School. “In addition, we're saving on the amount of time to manage tape, and we're providing an insurance policy by having our data reside in another part of the country in case we were hit by a disaster.”

“One of the key reasons we chose Rubrik was because the AWS integration performs seamlessly. The performance and simplicity of Rubrik's cloud connectivity is excellent,” said Shane Hadden, senior network engineer, Fujirebio.

“We use public cloud for instant archive of mission–critical data, long–term archival, and to extend on–site storage capacity. Before Rubrik, we would have tapes exported offsite to Iron Mountain on a weekly basis. Rubrik removes the cost and pain of Iron Mountain pickups,” adds Tim Gable, Network Systems Manager, Fujirebio.

Gartner recently positioned Rubrik in the “Visionaries” quadrant of its 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions. As the only new vendor to enter the Magic Quadrant since 2014, this positioning validates Rubrik's strategy for delivering simplicity to the enterprise. Download Gartner's full report here: http://go.rubrik.com/GartnerMQ.html.

Resources
[WHITE PAPER] Rubrik Cloud Data Management Platform on AWS
[DATA SHEET] Rubrik for Amazon Web Services
[CASE STUDY] Castilleja Deploys Rubrik for Easy On–ramp to AWS
[CASE STUDY] Fujirebio Diagnostics Cloud Out and Drive Business Outcomes with Rubrik

About Rubrik
Rubrik delivers instant application availability with data protection, search, analytics, archival and copy data management. Hybrid Cloud enterprises benefit from Rubrik's market–leading Cloud Data Management platform with simplicity, instant data access, app–mobility, policy–driven automation, Ransomware protection, and analytics at scale. Rubrik has been named to Gartner's Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies 2016. The company has been recognized by Forbes on the Cloud 100 and as a Next Billion Dollar Startup. For more information, visit http://www.rubrik.com and follow @rubrikInc on Twitter.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Selects Envision Solar EV ARC(TM) Solar Charging Stations for its Fleet EVs

SAN DIEGO, CA—(Marketwired – August 31, 2017) – Envision Solar International, Inc. (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewably energized EV charging, outdoor media and energy security products company, announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will deploy two EV ARC™ units to provide emissions free EV charging for its fleet vehicles.

“We are excited about the opportunity to convert some of our fleet of government vehicles to electric and the Envision Solar product will be instrumental in giving us a portable Level II charging platform in locations that are not practical to be hard wired,” said Stu Jossey, a manager of fleet services at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “Our employees are very eager to take advantage of this solar charging opportunity at locations across our facility.”

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is in the process of transitioning 30% of their fleet to zero–emissions vehicles (ZEVs). The EV ARC™ product's ease of deployment and environmental impact–free installation coupled with truly emissions free driving it delivers were major factors in the Lab's decision to select the EV ARC™ over grid tied options.

“We are honored that the highly prestigious Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has selected the EV ARC to charge their fleet vehicles,” said Envision Solar CEO Desmond Wheatley. “This is a great start for them and we are looking forward to enabling the driving on sunshine experience for their entire fleet and employees and visitors too.”

In many locations fleet vehicles are electrifying faster than the general driving public. So far this year, the mayors of LA, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle have partnered on a Request for Information for 24,000 electric fleet vehicles and 30 other major cities are seeking the same information. According to Bloomberg, the landmark EV order has an estimated price of $10 billion. Envision Solar views fleets as a major opportunity and is currently supplying New York and many other cities.

Invented and manufactured in California, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and generates enough clean, solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day. The system's solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak™ which causes the array to follow the sun, generating up to 25% more electricity than a fixed array. The energy is stored in the EV ARC™ product's energy storage for charging day or night and to provide emergency power during a grid failure. Because the EV ARC™ product requires no trenching, foundations or installation work of any kind, it is deployed in minutes and can be moved to a new location with ease. EV ARC™ products are manufactured in the Company's San Diego facility by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities and other highly talented, mission driven team members.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, is a sustainable technology innovation company who's unique and patented products include the EV ARC™ and the Solar Tree® with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, SunCharge™ solar Electric Vehicle Charging, ARC™ technology energy storage and EnvisionMedia solar advertising displays.

Based in San Diego the company produces Made in America products. Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (866) 746–0514.

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Rubrik Launches Global Service Delivery Partner Program Creating New Paths for Channel to Tap into $50 Billion Data Management Market

PALO ALTO, CA—(Marketwired – Aug 24, 2017) –

  • First of its kind program creates premium services offerings and new revenue streams for partners with managed service offerings
  • Simple, flexible consumption models now available for Rubrik's leading cloud data management platform

Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, today announced a new Service Delivery Partner program to offer partners simple, profitable and flexible consumption models that are powered by Rubrik. The new program enables Service Delivery Partners — encompassing MSPs, VARs, Consulting Partners and any company that includes a managed service offering in their portfolio — to deliver to clients a complete suite of automated data management services on a scale–out architecture across private, hybrid and public clouds.

Service Delivery Partners can leverage Rubrik's technology to create differentiated services across a wide range of client use cases, including backup and instant recovery, archival, test/development, search, reporting and analytics, compliance, copy data management, and cloud solution services. Rubrik's nimble software platform offers superior performance and operational simplicity that unlocks service delivery value by quickly enabling new paths to premium services.

“According to Gartner, 50% of organizations will augment or replace their current backup application with another solution by 2021.1 The market opportunity here for our partners is huge,” said Randy Schirman, Vice President, Worldwide Channel and Service Delivery Partner Sales, Rubrik. “The channel is asking for straightforward programs that accelerate their time to market, help them build premium services, and create value so they can expand current client relationships and capture new accounts. The Rubrik Service Delivery Partner Program is designed to address these challenges and help our partners create richer and deeper customer relationships.”

New Consumption Models
The Rubrik Service Delivery Partner program offers flexible engagement models for partners including subscription and two new consumption engagement models for both hardware and software. The consumption model for hardware provides Service Delivery Partners with a low–risk and low–cost platform upon which they can build new services that are powered by Rubrik on a pay–as–you–grow basis. The consumption model for software allows partners to leverage Rubrik software on top of approved third–party hardware appliances, including Cisco, HPE, Dell, and more.

Unlike legacy MSP programs, Rubrik Service Delivery Partners are charged based upon back–end data (the actual data used on the device) versus front–end data that may include duplication. Additionally, Rubrik makes capacity aggregation available across multiple clients and multiple clusters, which helps partners centrally manage and bill for utilization, as well as helps meet their minimum annual commitment and reach volume discounts regardless of the service (e.g backup, archive, disaster recovery, etc.) being delivered to their clients.

Program Tiering
Rubrik offers two levels within the program, to reward extra volume and commitment from partners. The select level is aimed at those partners looking for a flexible entry point into the service delivery market via a–la–carte pricing, targeted at SMB to mid–market customers. Partners at the Elite level are already delivering services targeted at enterprise customers who have large data sets to manage or migrate.

White Label Services
For Service Delivery Partners that see the value of offering Rubrik data management services but do not have the resources or capabilities to build these services for their clients, Rubrik has engaged Assured Data Protection to offer partners a suite of white label services that are “powered by Rubrik.”

“We are very excited to be selected as the delivery partner for Rubrik's white label service option,” said Simon Chappell, co–founder & CEO, Assured Data Protection Inc. “Assured DP's global presence and collective years of experience in delivering managed data protection services places us in a unique position to enable Rubrik partners. Together we will accelerate partner time to market for new services and solutions.”

Additional Program Benefits

Rubrik Service Delivery Partners have access to a wide range of additional benefits, including:

  • Branding. Service Delivery Partners build their own brand leveraging Rubrik to support the messaging of their solutions to their clients.
  • Co–Marketing Support. Rubrik is committed to working with partners on joint marketing events to raise awareness and drive demand for cloud data management solutions. Eligible partners can request MDF funds to help with demand generation.
  • Technical Support. Service Delivery Partners have access to Rubrik award–winning Technical Support to help them deliver services to their clients.
  • Online partner portal. A new online portal is available to all Rubrik partners with sales tools, educational materials, instructional videos, and more.

Rubrik has quickly grown a strong global Service Delivery Partner network with market presence across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

For more information on Rubrik's Service Delivery Partner Program from Rubrik, please contact partners@rubrik.com and visit https://www.rubrik.com/industries/service–delivery–partners/.

Resources
[Video]
Clouditalia Delivers Cutting–edge Performance with Rubrik
[Blog]: Fireside Chat with Randy Schirman, Rubrik VP of Worldwide Channel & Service Delivery Partner Sales

About Rubrik
Rubrik delivers instant application availability with data protection, search, analytics, archival and copy data management. Hybrid Cloud enterprises benefit from Rubrik's market–leading Cloud Data Management platform with simplicity, instant data access, app–mobility, policy–driven automation, Ransomware protection, and analytics at scale. Rubrik has been named to Gartner's Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies 2016 and recognized by Forbes on the Cloud 100 and as a Next Billion Dollar Startup. For more information, visit http://www.rubrik.com and follow @rubrikInc on Twitter.

1 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software by Dave Russell, Pushan Rinnen, Robert Rhame, July 31, 2017.

Rubrik Consolidates Resource Intensive, Legacy Infrastructure with Federal Cloud Data Management Solution

WASHINGTON, DC and PALO ALTO, CA—(Marketwired – Aug 23, 2017) – Rubrik, the cloud data management company, today announced federal government agencies are increasingly relying on its Cloud Data Management platform to simplify their data center environments. By replacing unnecessary legacy infrastructure with a purpose–built software–defined, converged backup solution, agencies are eliminating the data silos preventing real modernization. Rubrik's platform enables agencies to securely manage data from creation to expiration across private and public clouds, delivering compliant data backup, replication and archive in a single solution.

“Agencies are struggling to migrate away from legacy technologies to more modern, cost–effective approaches like the cloud,” said Steve Alfieris, VP and General Manager of Rubrik Federal. “We are bringing the best of Silicon Valley innovation to the government to help solve this challenge. Our platform enables agencies to more efficiently and economically plan their transition on a proven path to cloud migration.”

With the Office of Management and Budget reporting that governmentwide legacy spending as a percentage of total IT spending is at a record high of 70.3 percent, agencies need to identify new approaches to modernize their technology environments. The United States Navy's Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), the agency responsible for the IT operation and management for all Naval installations worldwide, is doing just that.

Navy CNIC has successfully automated and simplified its backup operations with Rubrik, resulting in enhanced performance, lower total cost of ownership and significant cost savings.

“It was amazing how quickly we were up–and–running. In just an hour, we had the solution supporting us at an enterprise level,” said Kip Hatch, Network Engineer and System Architect for Navy CNIC. “We are able to service our sailors and their families in 500 locations worldwide 24/7 without interruption. Our uptime was already good, but now if we have a server crash, we can have another one fully–functional in 15 seconds. And, we are able to back up as much as 90 terabytes on a box that is a third of that size. In the first year, the deployment was already showing significant performance enhancements and cost savings.”

The Rubrik Cloud Data Management platform, which supports on–premises and cloud deployments, is designed to lower the total cost of ownership within government environments, often resulting in cost reductions of 20–50 percent over the first three to five years of implementation. The platform offers FIPS 140–2 validated cryptographic functions for appliances that can be operated in FIPS mode. Rubrik supports AWS GovCloud, and is an AWS Advanced Technology Partner. Rubrik also supports Microsoft Azure's GovCloud.

“Legacy technology is dragging down the performance of government systems, requiring new approaches,” said former U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott. “Now is the time for agencies to embrace technology as a strategic tool to make a real impact on their IT modernization and transformation efforts.”

Rubrik's Cloud Data Management platform makes it possible for agencies to deliver self–service recovery of data with precise accuracy, eliminating the costly and inefficient practice of pulling terabytes at a time. Additionally, end–to–end encryption capabilities ensures the data is protected on–premises or in the cloud with keys controlled and managed by the agency.

“We are seeing positive feedback from government customers in terms of increased performance, decreased costs and near immediate time to value that the Rubrik solution provides,” said Stella Mercado, CEO/President, Mercom. “It is adding real value to our agency engagements and allowing us to focus on more mission–critical requirements.”

Gartner recently positioned Rubrik in the “Visionaries” quadrant of its 2017 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions. As the only new vendor to enter this Magic Quadrant since 2014, the recognition supports Rubrik's strategy for delivering simplicity to the enterprise. Download the full report here: http://go.rubrik.com/GartnerMQ.html.

Resources
[CASE STUDY] Commander, Navy Installations Command Simplifies and Automates Data Management with Rubrik

About Rubrik
Rubrik delivers instant application availability with data protection, search, analytics, archival and copy data management. Hybrid Cloud enterprises benefit from Rubrik's market–leading Cloud Data Management platform with simplicity, instant data access, app–mobility, policy–driven automation, Ransomware protection, and analytics at scale. Rubrik has been named to Gartner's Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies 2016 and recognized by Forbes on the Cloud 100 and as a Next Billion Dollar Startup. For more information, visit http://www.rubrik.com and follow @rubrikInc on Twitter.

UPDATE – Better Back-to-School Buys

MISSION, KS—(Marketwired – Aug 22, 2017) – (Family Features) When those first school bells ring and class is back in session for kids of all ages, make sure you and your student have everything in hand to help ensure success. Whether it's tools for the classroom, supplies for a nutritious lunch, stylish clothes or helpful items for home, you'll need to gear up for the school year ahead. Find more back–to–school solutions at eLivingToday.com.

Give Gratitude
Teachers' hard work and planning begin long before the school year starts and classes are back in session. Show your gratitude to your children's teachers with merci Chocolates, a thoughtful collection of fine, European chocolates. Each slim, stylish box contains eight unique, individually wrapped flavors, making it the perfect token of appreciation to teachers for opening minds and touching hearts. Find more information at merci.us.

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A Helping of Hummus
Find the hummus you love in individual, portable containers with Sabra Singles, which are easy to add to a lunchbox when you're on the move. Each 2–ounce cup of Sabra hummus is non–GMO and contains 4 grams of plant–based protein and 3 grams of dietary fiber with no added sugar. Serve with carrots for an easy and tasty way to increase the veggies in your child's diet every day. Visit sabra.com for more information.

Simply Super Storage for Kids
Good organizational habits are important to a child's success in school. That's why ClosetMaid created KidSpace, a collection of kid–tested and kid–approved juvenile storage furniture ranging from toy chests to storage shelves. This robust line, which was designed with safety and storage in mind, helps parents avoid clutter and create more space for imagination, magic and giggles in bedrooms, playrooms, living rooms and more. For more information, visit closetmaid.com/kidspace.

Sporty Sneakers
Send your student to school in style with shoes that fit this season's “athleisure” trend and kick it up a notch with a hint of sparkle. These retro–inspired Arizona Sparkling Sneakers can add a relaxed, sporty feeling to a wardrobe without compromising on appearance. Help your child stand out from the crowd by finding these and more at JCPenney with styles that are priced to buy and guaranteed to love. Find more back–to–school styles at JCPenney.com.

Tech Tools for Students
Teach students to code with the TI–Innovator Hub from Texas Instruments, which plugs into the TI–84 Plus CE or TI–Nspire CX graphing calculator many students already have. The hub is a palm–sized board with a microcontroller that turns a graphing calculator into a STEM tool for back to school. Students can light up LEDs or write a program to play a song using their calculators. Learn more at education.ti.com.

Lunchtime Upgrade
Give your old–school lunchbox a technology upgrade this school year. The Freezable Classic Lunch Box from PackIt is the only horizontal lunch box that chills healthy food for hours with built–in freezable gel that eliminates the need for ice packs. The lunchbox's top–load design makes it easy to pack flat containers like bento boxes, and a buckle handle clips onto totes, backpacks or sports bags for convenient travel to and from school, day care and extracurricular activities. Find more lunchtime solutions at packit.com.

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Avaya Receives 2017 North American Customer Value Leadership Award in Contact Routing from Frost & Sullivan

SANTA CLARA, CA—(Marketwired – August 22, 2017) – Avaya announced today that it has received the 2017 North American Customer Value Leadership Award in Contact Routing from industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. This award, the result of an extensive evaluation against a number of benchmarking criteria, represents Avaya's leadership and innovation as a supplier of contact center routing technologies through its Customer Engagement portfolio.

In the report, Frost & Sullivan noted a number of challenges that businesses face in providing customer service. These include the complexity of purchasing goods and services and the use of multiple purchasing channels (mobile, online, email, voice, and in–store). Busy customers also have low tolerance for inefficient service, such as long wait times, multiple transfers, and the need to repeat information when moving between channels and personnel. The bottom line is that customers expect excellent service.

When it comes to selecting the technologies to provide customer service, the analyst firm writes:

“… companies seek high value from contact center routing solutions. The applications must work flawlessly, be flexible and scalable, and be easily integrated with companies' existing technologies. The solutions must be feature–rich and a half–step–ahead innovation–wise of where companies are going with their customer engagement strategies. Finally, the routing solution vendors…must have the financial resources and a deep understanding of companies' needs and direction, based on their market experience.”

Avaya Customer Engagement solutions enable omni–channel customer service capabilities for companies of all sizes, led by Avaya Oceana for enterprises and Avaya Contact Center Select for midsize businesses. Avaya Oceana is built on the Avaya Breeze development platform, which also enables enterprises to customize their services with new features and capabilities through pre–made Snap–Ins or simplified application creation. Avaya Customer Engagement solutions are available via cloud from Avaya and authorized channel partners and cloud service providers, as well as managed service and on–premises deployments.

In its conclusion, Frost & Sullivan said:

“Avaya has long been the leader in developing innovative, reliable, and scalable contact routing solutions. Staying one–half step of the market, Avaya has been moving its products from predominantly voice, hardware, and on–premises delivered to automated and live agent omni–channel, software–based, and available in the cloud. Recognizing that customer service does not always mean contact centers, Avaya enables customers to connect with WAHAs [work at home agents], SMEs [subject matter experts], and with other employees. Finally, Avaya has been taking on the necessary financial steps to provide the resources with which to build on its product lines, thereby providing greater value to its customers.”

Additional quote
“The challenges that companies face with customer experience have risen to the executive level, which is why it's the leading factor driving digital transformation. These challenges are unlikely to abate in their entirety, but will evolve to reflect changing trends and customer expectations. Likewise, the sophistication of contact routing will evolve as well. As a result, Avaya will continue to deliver the unparalleled contact routing technology that transforms the customer journey and drives loyalty, growth and profitability, while providing the best possible customer experiences.”
Gary E. Barnett, SVP and GM, Avaya Engagement Solutions

To read the entire report about the 2017 Customer Value Award for Contact Routing given to Avaya by Frost & Sullivan click here.

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants. For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community. Contact us: Start the discussion.

About Avaya
Avaya enables the mission critical, real–time communication applications of the world's most important operations. As the global leader in delivering superior communications experiences, Avaya provides the most complete portfolio of software and services for contact center and unified communications — offered on premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid. Today's digital world requires some form of communications enablement, and no other company is better positioned to do this than Avaya. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com.

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EV ARC(TM) Solar Charging Station with Outdoor Advertising Screen Deployed at Mall in Lancaster, PA

SAN DIEGO, CA—(Marketwired – August 22, 2017) – Envision Solar International, Inc. (OTCQB: EVSI) (“Envision Solar,” or the “Company”), the leading renewably energized EV charging, outdoor media and energy security products company, announced that Charge Forward LLC has successfully deployed an EV ARC™ solar charging station at Park City Center Mall in Lancaster, PA. This pilot deployment of the EV ARC™ unit is intended to be the first of many equipped with a digital video screen for out–of–home (OOH) advertising as part of Charge Forward's shopping center advertising portfolio.

“EVs are the future and if they are going be successful we need rapidly deployable charging infrastructure and sustainable business models in addition to vehicle technology. I have gotten both with the EV ARC™. Every member of their team truly believes in this and wants to make a positive impact. I am ecstatic to be working with Envision Solar in this endeavor.” Travis Eckert, Charge Forward LLC.

Charge Forward LLC's goal is to promote EV adoption by allowing drivers to plug–in for free and drive on sunshine. The program will be funded by the EV ARC™ product's unique, sustainable digital platform which Charge Forward will offer to businesses to promote their brands in a positive and innovative way. Mass EV adoption is coming and the EV ARC™ product is the only option for rapidly deployable, and scalable EV charging and out–of–home advertising. The business model is further enhanced by the fact that the products require no permitting, installation work or construction, are solar–powered and are free of utility bills.

“Companies like Charge Forward LLC are proving that solar–powered digital out–of–home advertising is a viable business model to support free EV charging infrastructure,” said Envision Solar CEO Desmond Wheatley. “We look forward to enabling their growth in shopping centers and other locations.”

Out–of–home (OOH) advertising revenue rose 1.5 percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the previous year, accounting for $2.38 billion, based on figures released by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA). Year–to–date 2017 the OOH industry is up 1.0 percent and outperformed all traditional local media, which was down the first half of 2017, according to an OAAA analysis of Kantar Media data.

Invented and manufactured in California, the EV ARC™ fits inside a parking space and generates enough clean, solar electricity to power up to 225 miles of EV driving in a day. The system's solar electrical generation is enhanced by EnvisionTrak™ which causes the array to follow the sun, generating up to 25% more electricity than a fixed array. The energy is stored in the EV ARC™ product's energy storage for charging day or night and to provide emergency power during grid failure. Because the EV ARC™ product requires no trenching, foundations or installation work of any kind, it is deployed in minutes and can be moved to a new location with ease. EV ARC™ products are manufactured in the Company's San Diego facility by combat veterans, the disabled, minorities, and other highly talented, mission–driven team members.

About Envision Solar International, Inc.

Envision Solar, www.envisionsolar.com, is a sustainable technology innovation company whose unique and patented products include the EV ARC™ and the Solar Tree® with EnvisionTrak™ patented solar tracking, SunCharge™ solar Electric Vehicle Charging, ARC™ technology energy storage and EnvisionMedia solar advertising displays.

Based in San Diego the company produces Made in America products. Envision Solar is listed on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol [EVSI]. For more information visit www.envisionsolar.com or call (866) 746–0514.

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Elenia Delivers Instant Recovery and 24/7 Operational Continuity with Rubrik

PALO ALTO, CA and HELSINKI, FINLAND—(Marketwired – Aug 21, 2017) – Rubrik, the Cloud Data Management Company, announced today that Elenia, the second largest electricity distribution company in Finland, has deployed Rubrik's market–leading data management platform to deliver instant application availability and management simplicity. Elenia supplies electric power to 420,000 residential, corporate, and community customers in approximately 100 municipalities and is the leader in smart electricity networks in Finland. The deployment enables Elenia to improve the speed and scalability of its power distribution network and instantly recover from any disaster in seconds while adhering to strict compliance regulations and legislation.

Due to fragmented management and lengthy restore times with their previous legacy solution, Elenia needed a solution that delivered management simplicity at speed. By switching to Rubrik, Elenia reduced their recovery times from one day to seconds for mission–critical systems. Additionally, the company reduced its data center footprint by 70 percent. By using policy–based management within Rubrik's easy–to–use interface, Elenia has reduced daily management time spent on backup from hours per day to minutes per week.

Elenia operates an extensive electricity distribution network throughout Finland. With their previous solution, they would have been unable to meet the RPOs and RTOs required. “Any downtime directly impacts our business. We must comply with strict SLAs. Rubrik ensures that in the case of a data center failure, we can instantly recover our systems and keep our business operating continuously. With Rubrik, we can ensure near–zero RTO,” said Antti Laakso, IT Specialist at Elenia.

“One of the reasons we chose Rubrik was because of its seamless integration with cloud,” says Laakso. “It was too difficult to move to cloud with our previous solution. In the future, we want to evaluate public cloud for cost–effective retention and scalability. Rubrik enables us to migrate our data to public cloud securely, encrypting all data sent to the cloud.”

Elenia is already planning to deliver Rubrik's complete data management platform to its physical Microsoft Windows servers and Hyper–V. The company will also deliver automated management workflows with Rubrik's API–first architecture, create custom visual reports with Rubrik Envision, and evaluate the public cloud with Rubrik.

“Elenia must operate at peak performance at all times to deliver the optimal customer experience and comply with regulations,” said Bipul Sinha, co–founder and CEO, Rubrik. “Rubrik ensures Elenia can meet industry demands while delivering instant recovery and application mobility for all platforms in a software converged solution.”

Resources
[CASE STUDY] Elenia Delivers Instant Recovery for Business Continuity with Rubrik
[BLOG] Elenia Keeps the Power Always On with Rubrik

About Rubrik
Rubrik delivers instant application availability with data protection, search, analytics, archival and copy data management. Hybrid Cloud enterprises benefit from Rubrik's market–leading Cloud Data Management platform with simplicity, instant data access, app–mobility, policy–driven automation, Ransomware protection, and analytics at scale. Rubrik has been named to Gartner's Cool Vendors in Storage Technologies, 2016, CFO Magazine's Top 20 Disruptive Tech Companies to Watch, Forbes Next Billion Dollar Startups, the Forbes Cloud 100 and awarded the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award(SM). For more information, visit https://www.rubrik.com and follow @rubrikInc on Twitter.

About Elenia
Elenia is an electricity distribution company that serves approximately 420,000 household, corporate and community customers in over 100 municipalities in Kanta–Häme, Päijät–Häme, Pirkanmaa, Central Finland and South and North Ostrobothnia. Elenia is Finland's second largest provider of electricity distribution services. One of Elenia's key development objectives is to join information systems and electricity networks into one smart grid that produces and uses data in real–time. For more information, visit http://www.elenia.com/.

McDonald's USA To Celebrate Literacy Month with Popular Children's Books in Happy Meals

OAK BROOK, IL—(Marketwired – Aug 17, 2017) – In celebration of National Literacy Month in September, McDonald's USA (NYSE: MCD)  is inviting families to celebrate the joy of reading with the launch of the latest Happy Meal Books promotion. Happy Meal Books will return to restaurants nationwide from September 5–18 helping spread the gift of reading to families across the U.S.

In celebration of its 200th anniversary, HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading publishers of children's books, is joining forces with McDonald's USA to bring families a collection of four Happy Meal–sized books featuring popular titles — “Pete the Cat's Got Class” by James Dean, “Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School” by Herman Parish, “Just A School Project” by Mercer Mayer and “If You Take a Mouse to School” by Laura Numeroff. Books are available in English and, in select restaurants, in Spanish.

McDonald's is also a proud supporter of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest children's literacy organization, which seeks to promote literacy by creating needs–based content and scalable community solutions so every child can experience the life–changing power of literacy. By 2018, McDonald's will have donated approximately 400,000 books from the Happy Meal Books promotions to RIF literacy efforts and programs across the country.

“HarperCollins is pleased to be part of McDonald's Happy Meal Books promotion again this year to place beloved books in the hands of millions of children,” says Suzanne Murphy, President and Publisher, HarperCollins Children's Books. “Reading has a profound impact on the educational development of a child and through this program along with our donation to Reading Is Fundamental, we hope to make book ownership for children more accessible.” 

“McDonald's partnership with RIF is a celebration of the power and joy of families reading together,” said Beth Meyer, Chief Marketing Officer of Reading Is Fundamental. “Six out of 10 low–income families still have no age–appropriate books in their homes, so providing children with books coupled with supplemental literacy resources they need to achieve their full potential has never been more important.”

McDonald's Happy Meal Book promotion is among a list of the company's actions supporting a commitment to promote children's well–being by inspiring kids to engage in active and imaginative play in a fun way and help develop a sense of community. This announcement follows a number of changes McDonald's has made to its Happy Meal, including:

“As we continue to raise the bar for our customers, we're excited to add to the fun of the Happy Meal experience by inspiring more family time together,” said Julie Wenger, senior director of U.S. marketing at McDonald's. “We're proud to partner with HarperCollins and Reading Is Fundamental and invite families to spread the joy of reading through these fun, classic books in our Happy Meals.”

Research by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that reading daily to young children stimulates early brain development and helps build key language, literacy and social skills.

Through McDonald's partnership with RIF, families can extend learning after reading “Pete the Cat's Got Class,” “Amelia Bedelia's First Day of School,” “Just A School Project” and “If You Take a Mouse to School” through Literacy Central. This new, free digital portal, will feature lesson plans, puzzles, activities, and leveled reading passages designed to help build literacy development in children with a focus on the books from the Happy Meal Books program.

For more information about Happy Meal Books, visit www.McDonald's.com.

About McDonald's USA
McDonald's USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald's 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi–Fi enabled McDonald's U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/McDonaldsUS/.

About HarperCollins Children's Books
HarperCollins Children's Books is one of the leading publishers of children's and teen books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award–winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures and bestsellers such as Charlotte's Web, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Where the Wild Things Are, The Graveyard Book and series including The Chronicles of Narnia, Ramona, Warriors, Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, Divergent, and The Selection. Consistently at the forefront of digital innovation, HarperCollins Children's Books delights readers through engaging storytelling in all formats, including eBooks and apps. HarperCollins Children's Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English–language publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS) (NASDAQ: NWSA) (ASX: NWS) (ASX: NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has operations in 18 countries. You can visit HarperCollins Children's Books at www.harpercollinschildrens.com and www.epicreads.com and HarperCollins Publishers at www.hc.com.

About Reading Is Fundamental
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 412 million books in the hands of more than 40 million children since it was established in 1966. To learn more, visit RIF.org or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

*Based on US Census data projections for 2015 – 24 million children ages 0–5 and 24.7 million children ages 6–11

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