teamfocus Launches The First NSA Proof Task Management System

A founding team with years of business experience, teamfocus launches its collaborative task system, re-imagining the way companies approach project management. It creates a modern web application aimed at keeping teams in sync.
teamfocus solves the problems created by an increasingly distributed workforce, providing organizations with the ability to easily keep track of tasks and work assignments.

*teamfocus is the solution to an increasingly remote workforce, letting organizations easily keep track of tasks & assignments

*Strong encryption enables teamfocus customers to store data without third parties ever being able to see the data

*Since the NSA spying scandal, trust in the industry is weak. Security is the most vital element customers look for in cloud services. teamfocus is private and secure.

*CBI reports the percentage of companies with remote workers increased from 45% in 2007 to nearly 60% in 2011, increasing the demand for product management services

*The Australian startup scene is flourishing; teamfocus aims to be the next breakout success from down-under

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Co-founder & CEO Kevin Withnall began development of teamfocus three years ago, initially for his 12-person development company. Rather than trying to stay organized through emails, spreadsheets and meetings, he wanted a system that was more agile, and one that could better manage tasks.

teamfocus intuitively complements the rise in remote product management, and it provides a powerful solution to the associated challenges. “For the last decade or so, the way people work and communicate with one another in teams has gone through dramatic and rapid changes,” says Withnall, who has founded multiple development firms before co-founding teamfocus.

“We created teamfocus because we didn’t see a product fulfilling the need in the market. teamfocus was built to be the world’s most complete collaborative task system”, added the Australian innovator.

According to a CBI study, between 2007 and 2011 the percentage of companies with remote workers increased from approximately 45% to close to 60%. And this number is only expected to increase, creating a larger demand for product management services like teamfocus.
teamfocus is fully customizable, and is suitable for any workflow, ranging from a simple to-do list to an organization’s complete work process.

The product provides team members with one central location, where they can see what their peers are working on, and easily tell how a project is progressing. The B2B software is a comprehensive product, and was designed from the start to evolve as organizations grow.

A key teamfocus feature is the use of Workflows, where tasks are forced to flow through a pre-determined set of steps to ensure nothing is missed. They also help identify the cause of bottlenecks. A full API, to be released later this year, allows companies to use teamfocus workflows and storage in their own applications.

Another unique feature allows users to store tasks without teamfocus ever seeing any of the data. This is achieved by encrypting the tasks/data at the client end. The NSA spying scandal dealt a heavy blow to customer trust in traditional cloud services, raising serious concerns over user privacy. The large services used by major online service providers such as Dropbox, Google Docs and Facebook also mean bigger risks.

“Public cloud services are all built on the foundation of the data center, and it’s a treasure trove of personal information that’s vulnerable to data breaches, or vulnerable to being accessed by the service providers,” said Withnall. teamfocus allows users to create and keep their own encryption keys in their browser so that the datacentre only ever sees an encrypted version.

This therefore means that teamfocus represents the most secure option for the public. Studies have shown that security is the most vital element for customers looking for cloud storage devices, with cloud hosting company Peer1 finding that 96% of those surveyed considered this to be the most important factor.

Despite the well-funded competition, teamfocus believes it can compete well in the marketplace. Says Co-Founder Jason Weaver, “We believe the beauty of the task management market is that the best product can win. We’ve spent three years building and validating teamfocus, and we – and our clients – believe this is the best product in the market, with a set of features not found in any other task management software.”

The issue that many people are finding with the current offerings of online task managers is that they quickly hit a barrier in terms of the scope of the product and its ability to grow. Simply put, people can quickly outgrow the system they have just signed up for. This is where teamfocus is different. teamfocus is fully customisable and so grows as your business expands.

Innovative companies from the Australian start-up scene continue to flourish, with organizations such as Atlassian, Health Engine, HiSeis, and Agworld receiving international attention and funding. Investors are also entering the space, including Qualcomm Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, and Telstra. teamfocus is aiming to be the next breakout success from the country down-under.

teamfocus is free for the first three users, with a monthly charge for subsequent users’ subscriptions.

The company also provides customized enterprise solutions.
teamfocus was founded in 2010 by Kevin Withnall and Jason Weaver. Withnall previously worked with MSN in Australia, and is the founder and CEO of a 12-person development firm. Weaver has come from roles as an eBusiness Manager with a large Health insurance company, and as a Project Manager at ING.

The teamfocus mission is to create a product that can best manage workflow between teams. teamfocus is the world’s most complete collaborative task system.
Learn more about teamfocus at: http://www.teamfocus.me

About teamfocus
teamfocus was founded in 2010, when Kevin Withnall and Jason Weaver came together to solve a common problem: managing workflow between teams.
Contact Information
Kevin Withnall, Co-Founder Mobile: (+61 412 453846) Skype: (kevinwithnall)
Email: kevin(at)teamfocus(dot)me Website: http://www.teamfocus.me

Red Hat to Buy Object and Block Storage Company Inktank for $175M

Cloud MoneyOpen source software company Red Hat has agreed to acquire software-defined storage company Inktank, whose object and block storage technology helps customers scale their cloud storage to the exabyte-level on cost-effective commodity hardware.

According to its Wednesday announcement, Red Hat will pay approximately $175 million in cash for Inktank in a deal that’s expected to close in May 2014. Inktank began in 2012 when it was spun out of web host and cloud services provider DreamHost.

With its own GlusterFS-based storage offering, Red Hat is positioned to become a leader in open, software-defined storage.

Inktank uses the open source, software-defined storage system known as Ceph, which it is quickly gaining popularity among users of the OpenStack framework. According to the OpenStack Foundation, approximately 20 percent of all OpenStack clouds deploy Ceph for block storage.

Inktank’s main offering, Inktank Ceph Enterprise, allows users to run production Ceph clusters at scale and improve the economics and management of storage on public and private clouds.

DreamHost had led to the development of Inktank, but also Ceph itself. DreamHost’s co-founder and CTO Sage Weil was among the key people involved in the creation of Ceph about a decade ago.

In 2004, while working on his Ph.D., Weil was part of the research team at UC Santa Cruz that did early work on Ceph, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. After gaining his doctorate, he continued work on Ceph with a small team of engineers at DreamHost which eventually became Inktank.

In 2011 Bryan Bogensberger, a senior executive at DreamHost, developed the business plan for spinning out Inktank. With Bogensberger at the helm as president and COO, the company launched in 2012 with an initial startup investment of $5 million from DreamHost before attracting outside investment.

Inktank’s first customer was also DreamHost, which used Inktank to support DreamHost’s object storage service, DreamObjects, the first public commercial deployment of Ceph, with its September 2013 beta launch. DreamObjects has now served more than 10,000 users.

It’s now expected that Red Hat’s backing of Inktank will drive further development of the open-source Ceph project, and help more organizations use this technology in cloud computing environments.

Red Hat EVP and CTO Brian Stevens said in a statement, “Inktank has done a brilliant job assembling a strong ecosystem around Ceph and we look forward to expanding on this success together. The strength of these world-class open storage technologies will offer compelling capability as customers move to software-based scale-out storage systems.”

Web Monitoring Service New Relic Raises $100M in Funding

newrelicCloud-based website monitoring and software analytics provider New Relic has raised $100 million in financing that will be put towards product development and expanding the company’s international presence.

The funding comes from a Series F round led by BlackRock, Inc. and Passport Capital, LLC, and also involved participation from T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. and Wellington Management.

According to tech blog Re/code, a source familiar with the deal places New Relic’s total valuation at around $1.2 billion to $1.3 billion.

New Relic is among a handful of application performance monitoring solutions that isolate and analyze the root causes of errors within software stacks, some of which have grown increasingly complex with the adoption of cloud architecture.

In October 2013, New Relic began providing real-time application performance monitoring for Cloudscaling’s Open Cloud System cloud infrastructure, allowing developers to quickly see if their applications are running properly in hybrid cloud environments.

Last month, New Relic launched a real-time SaaS analytics platform known as “New Relic Insights,” which allows users to get Big Data insights from collected data.

Headquartered in San Francisco, New Relic opened first international office, in Dublin, Ireland, in February. With this new funding, it is planning on further expanding internationally in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

New Relic founder and CEO Lew Cirne said in a statement, “This funding will help us further accelerate company momentum on a global basis, build out our presence among large enterprises and develop both new and existing products, including our real-time analytics platform to enable more organizations make better data-driven business decisions.”

i2Coalition Statement on NETmundial Global Multistakeholder Meeting Report

This week, NETmundial released a report on the conclusions from their“Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance.” The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) submitted public comments in advance of this meeting, many of which were incorporated in the final NETmundial statement.  Below is a statement from i2Coalition Co-Founder and Public Policy Working Group Chair David Snead in response to this report.

“The I2Coalition approached the Netmundial process as a global brainstorming session, and believes that in that regard it was successful.  While some may be disappointed that the report does not directly address their concerns, we believe that the process has helped point the Internet community, and currently existing Internet governance organizations, in a direction that will allow them to concentrate on concrete outcomes to the major issues raised in the final report.

“We particularly embrace statements in the report that hold up the development and innovation potential that the Internet provides.  In particular, the NETmundial report states that, ‘The ability to innovate and create has been at the heart of the remarkable growth of the Internet and it has brought great value to the global society. For the preservation of its dynamism, Internet governance must continue to allow permissionless innovation through an enabling Internet environment, consistent with other principles in this document. Enterprise and investment in infrastructure are essential components of an enabling environment.’

“As an organization that represents those that build the nuts and bolts of the Internet, we fully understand the role of innovation in the digital economy.   Each of our members is deeply committed to helping facilitate the growth of the global digital economy.

“We welcome the report’s frequent emphasis on the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.  The Netmundial process has shown that businesses, civil society, individuals and governments can work effectively together to help move the Internet governance process forward.  We support statements in the NetMundial report emphasizing that governments should continue to have advisory roles in Internet governance, and not stewardship roles.

“Importantly, the report addressed and issue of key concern to our members:  jurisdictional and standards based decisions.  By highlighting the importance of global connectivity, and open standards, the report helps emphasize the importance of a unified Internet. Fracturing the Internet within governmental boundaries goes against the very nature of the Internet’s growth.   By promoting open standards developed from a multistakeholder discussion that are consistent with global human rights we can allow innovation to continue.  The global nature of the Internet is imperative.

“Incorporating each of these issues within a multistakeholder approach will allow the Internet to continue to grow in the innovative environment in which it currently exists.  The Internet was built from the bottom up, and should move forward in the same manner.   However, forward movement should not be an excuse for lack of accountability.  The Internet community needs to ensure accountability for all who come to the table in this discussion.   We believe the report helps underscore this need.  Accountability must have an ongoing, central role in all Internet governance discussions.  As debate moves forward on the proposed IANA transition from the NTIA, an increased level of accountability is critical.

“While NETmundial’s multistakeholder report is a non-binding outcome of a bottom-up, open, and participatory process involving thousands of people from governments, private sector, civil society, technical community, and academia from around the world, it may prove to be a helpful push in the direction of a fuller, outcome oriented, discussion of these issues within the context of Internet governance in general. i2Coalition was proud to be a participant in this conversation, and looks forward to ensuring that our industry’s critical voice is heard in subsequent discussions.”

About i2Coalition

The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) supports those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet, and we treat it like the noble profession that it is. We believe the continued growth of the Internet is vital for growing an environment of innovation and seek to engage in ways to foster success of the Internet and Internet infrastructure industry. We seek to influence decision makers to weigh decisions on whether they are good or bad for the Internet economy and its foundational industries. In short, we seek to foster growth within the Internet infrastructure industry by driving others to harness the Internet’s full potential.  To learn more about i2Coalition, visit www.i2Coalition.com.