Extreme Networks names new board chair

Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR) said it has appointed John Kispert to chairman of the board of directors, effective Aug. 25, 2015.

Kispert has served as a member of the board for the previous six years, and with a unanimous decision, will now assume the role of lead independent director.

Kispert is a veteran executive with more than 25 years of management experience across high technology companies, including Spansion, KLA-Tencor and IBM. Most recently, Kispert was the CEO and president of Spansion, where he led the company´s highly successful turnaround out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy into a profitable, growing company, which paved the way for a merger with Cypress Semiconductor earlier this year that delivered triple-digit shareholder returns.

Extreme Networks is a software and services-led networking solutions´ company committed to solving IT´s toughest networking challenges. Extreme Networks is headquartered in San Jose, CA with more than 14,000 customers in over 80 countries.

Commercial vehicle manufacturer introduces revolutionary step in connectivity

International Truck said it plans to offer over-the-air (OTA) reprogramming of engine control modules (ECM) for International® trucks powered by its N9, N10 and N13 proprietary engines.

The company has completed its initial testing in its International Truck test fleets and will finalize testing in customer fleets this fall. The official launch of two-way connected vehicle technology in new International models will come early next year.

In the initial launch phase, International Truck´s OTA technology will be available on model year 2017 International trucks powered by proprietary N9, N10 and N13 engines.

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) is a holding company whose subsidiaries and affiliates produce International® brand commercial and military trucks, proprietary diesel engines, and IC Bus™ brand school and commercial buses. An affiliate also provides truck and diesel engine service parts. Another affiliate offers financing services.

CSC team wins cloud services contract valued at more than USD108m

CSC (NYSE: CSC) said that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded its team a contract to deliver cost-effective cloud services, data center consolidation and cloud migration capabilities.

This single-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is valued at USD108,992,884 with the potential to reach USD1 billion over 10 years.

Under the contract, CSC´s team will consolidate FAA data centers and migrate FAA data and systems to a hybrid cloud environment. The team will use the CSC Agility Platform cloud management tool to orchestrate efficient cloud deployment while leveraging alliance partners for data and cloud services.

Computer Sciences is a global leader of next generation information technology (IT) services and solutions. The company´s mission is to enable superior returns on our clients´ technology investments through best-in-class industry solutions, domain expertise and global scale. CSC has approximately 70,000 employees and reported revenue of USD11.7 billion for the 12 months ended July 3, 2015.

Acronis, Check Point seek elimination of mobile threats

Acronis and Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP) said they have announced a partnership to eliminate mobile threats for companies by providing integrated data security and protection for mobile workers.

Through a new joint solution that combines Check Point Capsule — a mobile security solution — with Acronis Access Advanced — a secure file sync & share solution — companies can enable mobile workers to safely share content and collaborate on any device from any location, while protecting them from data loss, device theft and malware by extending the corporate security policy to mobile devices.

Acronis is focused on providing companies with complete data protection through an integrated set of solutions, including backup, disaster recovery and file sync & share.

Check Point protects companies from cyberattacks by leveraging a complete security architecture that defends against threats to an enterprise´s network and out to mobile devices. Check Point Capsule provides seamless security to protect business data, establish a secure business environment on mobile devices, and secure business documents, devices, and networks.

Magnesium Elektron gives thumbs-up to use of magnesium in commercial aircraft seats

Magnesium Elektron, a division of specialty materials company Luxfer Holdings PLC (NYSE:LXFR), said it has welcomed the publication of a new design standard recording the removal of a long-standing regulatory ban on the use of magnesium alloys in commercial aircraft seats.

Magnesium Elektron has led an intensive eight-year effort to get to this point with the objective of making modern lightweight magnesium alloys available to aircraft seat designers and manufacturers. Two years ago the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allowed the use of certain magnesium alloys under “special conditions,” but it has taken until now for the design standard to be formally revised.

Elektron® 43 and Elektron® 21 are the only magnesium alloys that have already met the cited performance requirements by passing extensive flammability tests conducted by the FAA, including seven full-scale aircraft interior tests. Both alloys have proven, long-term performance records, including critical applications in jet engines and military aircraft.

Founded in 1936, Magnesium Elektron specializes in developing, manufacturing and supplying magnesium products and services to technology industries worldwide. The company operates manufacturing facilities in Swinton, England; Lakehurst, N.J.; Riverhead, N.Y.; Madison, Ill., Findlay, Ohio; Cincinnati, Ohio; Tamaqua, Pa.; Ontario, Canada; and Louka u Litvínova, Czech Republic.

CenturyLink to provide managed, IP-based voice service for Texas's largest state agency

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) said it was awarded a contract by the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to provide managed IP-based voice service for the agency´s more than 400 statewide locations.

Using a hybrid IT approach that leverages technology already owned by HHSC alongside new CenturyLink services, CenturyLink will provide ongoing management of the agency´s existing phone infrastructure, which includes some IP-based phone systems and some legacy analog phone systems. CenturyLink will migrate users of an analog phone system to CenturyLink´s Managed Enterprise: Hosted Collaboration Solution, a VoIP and unified communications platform that is hosted in the cloud.

Texas HHSC employees will have access to advanced voice calling features as well as unified communications (UC) applications. To support an increasingly mobile workforce, CenturyLink will provide UC tools to HHSC that can allow employees to access messaging and calling features from multiple devices, even while working remotely.

CenturyLink is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions.

Air Charter operator directory upgrade announced

FlightList PRO said it has launched an upgraded Charter Operator Directory as part of its collection of resources.

The directory features new user capabilities accessing all 3,419 certificated operators worldwide and their 16,631 charter aircraft. This includes the complete 8,289 aircraft with 1,777 operators in the US, and 3,008 aircraft with all 699 operators in Europe.

With the new directory capabilities, FlightList PRO users can now easily identify operators by name, city, state/province, country, or by airport when an operator is basing any aircraft at that airport. Operators can also be located by aircraft types operated, safety ratings achieved, location or certificates.

The new upgrade is a complete aviation directory with every single operator included.

Launched in 2014, FlightList PRO provides more charter aircraft and information at a lower cost, improving users´ bottom lines and providing the highest value air charter listing directory.