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Jon Seals

The times, they are a-changing. Mobile computing devices not to mention BYOD and a millennial attitude mean that a substantial number of employees in enterprises now do their work away from their desks. Whether at home, in a bus, train or plane, or in their favourite coffee-shop, if there’s a Wi-Fi connection available, there’s a potential workspace in the making. But naturally enough, all this may then escape the control of the enterprise or at least partially so. For instance, how can companies then implement effective work area recovery for such nomadic workers in the event of an IT incident?



By 2025, we should expect to have experienced a “significant” cyberattack, according to a canvas of technology experts and researchers conducted by the Pew Research Internet Project and reported upon today.

To this group of experts, Pew posed the following question:

By 2025, will a major cyber attack have caused widespread harm to a nation’s security and capacity to defend itself and its people? (By “widespread harm,” we mean significant loss of life or property losses/damage/theft at the levels of tens of billions of dollars.)

Over 1,600 responses came in; respondents were not required to reveal their names.



A lot of people in the IT industry are pulling for the hybrid cloud. Enterprise executives are intrigued by the idea of low-cost, broadly federated data infrastructure distributed over large, geographic areas, while traditional data center vendors are trying to preserve their legacy product lines in the new cloud era.

But just because people want it, does that make it a good idea? If the idea is to capitalize on the benefits of both public and private cloud infrastructure, will hybrid solutions undermine that effort by watering down the advantages of pure-play approaches?

One thing is clear: Many enterprises see the hybrid cloud as the end-game of the virtual transition. A recent survey by Gigaom indicates that more than three-quarters of top decision-makers have adopted hybrid as a core component of their ongoing cloud strategies. However, it is becoming evident that this is more than a simple change in technology—it’s a top-to-bottom shift in the entire enterprise structure that will affect everything from data and infrastructure to business processes, governance and the ownership of digital assets.



On Oct. 28, Healthmap.org reported the latest figures on the Ebola outbreak: Spain 1 case; Guinea 1,553 cases and 926 deaths; Sierra Leone 3,896 cases and 1,281 deaths; Liberia 4,665 cases and 2,705 deaths. And for the U.S., 4 cases and one death. The website's Ebola timeline also provides projections on the number of cases and deaths, based on infection rate data from the World Health Organization, a list of the most recent articles about Ebola outbreaks, as well as relevant social media postings.

Healthmap is one example of how easy it is to find information on this rapidly growing epidemic -- and it also represents the way technology can play a major role in the effort to track and control the disease. For example, mobile phones are perhaps the most ubiquitous type of technology available in Africa, used by millions there. So it didn’t take long for researchers to identify the devices as a possible way to not just send people information about the disease, but also to track it.

And with 95.5 percent of the global population having mobile cell subscriptions, call-data records (CDRs) are one way epidemiologists can see where people have been and where they're headed based on past movements.



NG9-1-1, Explained: 7 Important "Need to Knows"

Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) is a hot topic in the public safety and local government communities. But the specifics of this long-sought-after initiative can be complex and there are several parties that play important roles. Below is a list of critical elements and key players to help you make sure you’re up to date.

Glossary of Terms:



By Vikram Duvvoori, Chief Technologist and Corporate Vice President - Enterprise Transformation Services, HCL

Vikram DuvvooriIT leaders -- and the executive teams they report to -- have been bombarded with a virtual “shock and awe” campaign around Big Data. IDC estimates that the 1.8 zettabytes —1.8 trillion gigabytes — of information generated in 2011 will grow by a factor of nine over the next five years. Gartner has a similar take when looking at the segment, predicting that the Big Data market, now valued at $5 billion in revenues annually, will explode to $53 billion by 2016.

The initial reaction, and rightfully so, is “Wow!” and “How in the world are we going to deal with all this?”

While considerable attention has been placed on the three Vs of Big Data — volume, velocity, and variety — the most important aspect has been on the back burner: the actual value to the business.



At the 2014 BCI World Conference and Exhibition, participants will have an opportunity to listen to a real case study of the integration of Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) and Business Continuity Management (BCM) as an independent function. This is an innovative and forefront role for the ERM and BCM function.

In my presentation, I will show how the traditional reporting structure and work functions of ERM and BCM in an organisation are usually separated from each other. The ERM and BCM functions are typically part of the executive management team and the head of ERM and BCM reports to the executives such as the CEO or the CFO.



HOUSTON, Texas – The Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council (SETRAC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services are holding the sixth annual Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (RHPC) Symposium on November 5-7, 2014.  The symposium is an opportunity for a national collaboration to discuss new innovations, sharing best practices in emergency preparedness, response and recovery. 

This year’s symposium brings together world renowned doctors, security experts and first responders to share their experiences and lessons learned from the West Africa Ebola crisis, the London Subway bombings and the Washington state landslide.  Keynote speaker Dr. William A. Fischer from Doctors Without Borders will discuss the current Ebola outbreak and his work in West Africa.

Who:     Emergency managers, first responders, healthcare professionals, law enforcement and military officials from all over the world will be in attendance.  Photo and interview opportunities will be available with symposium organizers, participants and guests speakers including:

·        Darrell Pile, Chief Executive Officer, SETRAC

·        Lori Upton, Regional Director of Emergency Management Operations, SETRAC

·        Dr. William A. Fischer, Doctors Without Borders, West Africa Ebola Crisis

·        Nim Kidd, Chief of Texas Division of Emergency Management

·        Brad Reading, Assistant Chief, Snohomish County Fire District 1, Washington Landslide

·        Chris Hawkswell, London Ambulance Services, London Subway Bombings

What:      2014 RHPC Preparedness Symposium

Response assets on display include: ambulance bus, decontamination facilities, mobile medical units, and military and law enforcement vessels.

When:     Wednesday, November 5, 2014

              8:00 a.m. - noon


Where:    Galveston Island Convention Center

  5600 Seawall Boulevard

  Galveston, TX 77551

On-site media point of contact:  Francisco Sánchez, (281) 831-2289.

Click here for additional information on the 2014 Preparedness Symposium.


ATLANTA – COOLSHIRT SYSTEMS, International Enviroguard, and Nocturnal Product Development announced a joint venture to produce a new hazardous material suit with built-in cooling: one designed to improve the efficiency of health care workers and to protect them from heat-related risks in treating infectious diseases, such as Ebola.

Typically, workers in HAZMAT suits can only spend limited time caring for patients before heat builds up and forces them to change out of their equipment. This often takes place three-to-four times during a normal shift. Without taking time for breaks, workers face dehydration, heat stress, and loss of focus: critical concerns when caring for patients with dangerous diseases.

The HAZMAT suit will be designed to extend the work period of the caregiver dramatically: from 40 minutes to over 4 hours.

"Our next-generation HAZMAT suit will keep health care workers safer as they treat patients," according to Jay Buckalew, President of COOLSHIRT SYSTEMS. "Our cooling gear will ensure that they are more comfortable, more focused, and better able to do their job while reducing cost and hazardous exposure."

Brian Lyons, VP of Sales and Marketing for International Enviroguard, notes the significant advantages that the new HAZMAT suit will offer. "Caregivers can assist more patients for longer periods of time. There's also a cost-savings for hospitals and government agencies, since they will be able to re-use more of their equipment."

The planned garment will pass ASTM 1670/1671 and be certified to EN14126. It will include a temperature sensor with an alarm, provide fixed or mobile cooling, and allow for decontamination, air-drying, and indefinite re-use.

Planning began after the White House invited COOLSHIRT SYSTEMS and International Enviroguard to participate in a round-table discussion on confronting the Ebola concern. COOLSHIRT SYSTEMS will produce the enhanced undergarment cooling vest. International Enviroguard will design and produce the protective garments, and Nocturnal Product Development will coordinate the project and help in the design, production, and clinical testing of the equipment.

Nocturnal Co-Founder Terry Ransbury says, "We are proud to be part of an innovative venture that will help protect health care workers as they assist those in need." To date, the companies have developed a formal partnership, produced system requirements, and plan to begin prototyping soon. Hospitals and government agencies interested in the protective equipment may contact COOLSHIRT SYSTEMS for details.


COOLSHIRT SYSTEMS, LLC is the world's leading provider of cooling garments and systems for physicians, first responders, HAZMAT teams, the military, industrial workers, motorsports, and athletic programs. The company is located outside of Atlanta, Georgia and has been developing and selling personal cooling systems for over 25 years. For more information, please visit www.coolshirt.com.

About International Enviroguard

International Enviroguard, Inc. has been manufacturing and selling personal protective equipment products for more than 20 years. The company is ISO 9001:2000 and CE-certified, allowing products to be accepted and sold globally. International Enviroguard is located in Mesquite, Texas. For more information, please visit www.enviroguardinc.com.

About Nocturnal Product Development

Nocturnal Product Development, LLC designs and develops primarily Class III medical devices. The company is located in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information, please visit www.nocturnalPD.com.

NEWARK, Calif. – Tegile Systems, the leading provider of flash-driven storage arrays for databases, virtualized server and virtual desktop environments, today announced that Truck Bodies & Equipment International (TBEI) Inc., a leading manufacturer of truck equipment and accessories, has implemented Tegile hybrid arrays to support its critical operations.

TBEI designs and produces high-quality, precision-engineered equipment under five different brands – Crysteel, Rugby, DuraClass, J-Craft, and Ox Bodies – sold through more than 1,000 distributors and retailers and used by professionals including the U.S. military. The company has around 500 employees located in its Lake Crystal, Minnesota headquarters and plants in Alabama, Mississippi, and North Dakota. Mission-critical applications, including enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, Microsoft SQL Server databases, Microsoft Exchange and a manufacturing control program, required a storage solution that could meet its capacity and performance needs. 

Newly hired IT manager Kurt Weinberg had inherited TBEI’s aging Compellent disk storage system, which was running out of capacity after seven years of service, and he was interested in moving to flash storage. Reseller partner XIOSS highly recommended Tegile Intelligent Flash Arrays, and Weinberg was impressed by the company’s editorial reviews, specs he called “fantastic,” and a cost comparable to Compellent’s for the high performance of flash with the economics of disk storage.

“Tegile delivered on everything that they promised,” said Weinberg. “It’s been a really good experience; We have plenty of room to grow into. When I get my weekly reports, the compression is right as advertised. We have about 3TB of data native, which Tegile is compressing down to 1TB.” 

The migration process smoothed the transition away from disk, toward a flash-centric infrastructure that accelerates ERP, SQL Server, Exchange, and other applications and accommodates Weinberg’s plans for future data growth and additional virtualization. 

“We kept our Dell Compellent up for a week after the migration, then shut it down,” said Weinberg. “Now, it’s out of the rack and out of the building – I’m very happy.”

Tegile’s portfolio of Intelligent Flash Arrays are designed to accelerate a wide variety of enterprise applications – from smaller workloads to mission-critical deployments. They deliver a comprehensive set of data management capabilities while seamlessly supporting different storage media (hard disks, dense flash, high-performance flash) under a single storage operating system. With IntelliFlash, enterprises can deploy all-flash or a mixture of flash and hard disk in a single storage system, and can dial up or down the amount of flash storage needed to meet the specific performance needs of their applications. 

Each array is powered by Tegile’s IntelliFlash™ software architecture, which seamlessly accommodates different storage media and provides advanced data management capabilities for data protection, data reduction and disaster recovery. 

About Tegile Systems
Tegile Systems is pioneering a new generation of intelligent flash arrays that balance performance, capacity, features and price for virtual desktop and database applications. With Tegile’s line of all-flash and hybrid storage arrays, the company is redefining the traditional approach to storage by providing a family of arrays that accelerate business critical enterprise applications and allow customers to significantly consolidate mixed workloads in virtualized environments.
Tegile’s patented IntelliFlash™ technology accelerates performance and enables inline deduplication and compression of data so each array has a usable capacity far greater than its raw capacity. Tegile’s award-winning solutions enable customers to better address the requirements of virtualization, virtual desktop integration and database integration than any other offerings. Featuring both NAS and SAN connectivity, Tegile arrays are easy-to-use, fully redundant and highly scalable. They come complete with built-in snapshot, remote-replication, near-instant recovery, onsite or offsite failover, and VM-aware features. Additional information is available at www.tegile.com. Follow Tegile on Twitter @tegile.
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