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Jon Seals

More than one-third of AT&T’s customer-facing network is now virtualized, which means the company can provision services for that portion of the network as simply as downloading them from an app store instead of buying and installing hardware appliances.

That’s according to John Donovan, AT&T’s chief strategy officer and group president, who reported on progress of the telco’s multi-year network virtualization project while speaking at an industry conference in Las Vegas in December, FierceTelecom reports.


“To hit 34 percent of our network functions in software really bodes well for us for 2017 to get the things done that we want to do,” he said.



Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:00

Making the Most of Bare Metal in the Cloud

DRJ-LogoVirtualization and the cloud were the dominant trends in IT infrastructure over the past decade, and there is no reason to think they won’t support a significant chunk of the enterprise workload going forward. But alternate solutions are starting to take hold as well, including that old stand-by: bare-metal servers.

In many cases, enterprises are pursuing mixed infrastructure solutions in order to maintain the diversity required of increasingly complex application and data loads. Bare metal in the data center, for instance, will likely hold out as long as the enterprise employs traditional productivity apps – which experts agree should be for quite some time. Alternatively, organizations are starting to see the benefits of bare-metal cloud solutions for critical workloads, even as the popularity of shared, virtual resources gains for nearly everything else.



Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:00

FEMA: Resolve to be Ready in 2017

By Nancy Dragani

FEMA LogoAs 2016 winds down, it is natural to reflect on what we’ve accomplished in the past and where we are headed in the future.  This year reinforced the threat of wildfires in the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains, brought severe storms and flooding to some of our communities and reminded us once again that winter can be a formidable foe.  Yet despite these threats to our communities, one of our strengths as Americans is our ability to face misfortune and challenges, pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back to the business of living our lives.

While natural hazards are by their very nature unpredictable, that doesn’t mean we can’t learn from past experience.  It is how we know to be ready for subzero temperatures and snow storms in January and February, storms and flooding in the spring and summer, and wildfires potentially all year long.

For those living in this part of the country, the values of self-reliance and looking out for your neighbors have been instilled for generations. Today, they also serve as a cornerstone to building a culture of preparedness and readiness that serves all of our communities.  That culture starts in the home and community. At home, simple things such as family fire drills or assembling a home preparedness kit can make your family better prepared for any disaster.  Community events during National Preparedness Month in September brought communities big and small together to highlight actions that make us more resilient.  Next April will bring another National Day of Action to culminate America’s PrepareAthon.  You can learn more about these events and see how you can participate at community.fema.gov.

You can also become more prepared by ensuring that you and your family are aware of the hazards that can impact your home.  Start by checking that smoke, radon and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are functioning properly. Consider purchasing a NOAA weather radio or adding the FEMA app to your smartphone to keep you notified of severe weather in your area. Put together a personal disaster plan, assemble a supply kit and create a family communication plan.  If you are so inclined, join a Community Emergency Response Team or volunteer with an agency of your choosing. For more information on volunteer and training opportunities, contact your local or state emergency management agency.

We can’t prevent every disaster.  But we can be better prepared when disaster strikes.  Now is the time to make sure you and your community are ready.

Nancy Dragani serves as the Acting Administrator for FEMA Region 8, serving the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Thursday, 05 January 2017 00:00

Internal Audit and IT Audit

About the Series

The scope and mandate for internal audit continues to evolve each year, as does the complexity of the business environment and speed of the changing risk landscape in which it must operate. 

The fundamental goal of this exciting new series is to produce leading-edge books on critical subjects facing audit executives as well as internal and IT audit practitioners.

Key topics that will be addressed over the coming years include Audit Leadership, Cybersecurity, Strategic Risk Management, Auditing Various IT Activities and Processes, Audit Management, and Operational Auditing.


Partnership Enables Big Data Clients with Advanced GeoSpatial and Data Quality Capabilities

STAMFORD, Conn. – Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, announced today that it has joined Hortonworks Partnerworks in the Modern Data Solutions (MDS) partner program to enhance data management and analytics for clients so that they may be able to leverage the power of a Big Data platform. Clients will now have access to data quality, advanced geospatial foundation and geo-enrichment capabilities that will result in faster, more scalable business insight.

Through the partnership Pitney Bowes will deploy its data quality and geospatial capabilities, which recently achieved Hortonworks Certification. These data quality and geospatial capabilities are critical in driving business transformation and outcomes in a data-driven world. Location-based data, in particular, plays an important role in how businesses understand their customers because it is one of the most consistent ways to link people, places and things.

Data storage and analytics are both equally critical to how businesses interpret this data. Traditional infrastructures are designed to analyze large quantities of data, on premise, through hardware devices. However, these infrastructures cannot handle the tremendous amounts of structured and unstructured data that today's consumers produce each day, both on and offline. Businesses that rely on traditional infrastructures are challenged to analyze data with speed and scale.

Hortonworks is a leading industry innovator, focused on creating, distributing and supporting enterprise-ready, open and connected data platforms, and modern data applications that deliver actionable intelligence from all data. Its connected data platforms, powered by open source technologies, are making it possible for clients to analyze mass amounts of structured and unstructured data, while Pitney Bowes adds the spatial and vertical market-specific data to allow customers to fully leverage the power of a Hortonworks Data Platform.

"Hortonworks is dedicated to expanding and empowering the modern data solution ecosystem, which ultimately accelerates adoption of connected data platforms," says Chris Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Global Channels & Alliances, Hortonworks. "We are pleased to welcome Pitney Bowes to the Partnerworks community and look forward to working with them to strengthen the role of connected data platforms for the enterprise."

Pitney Bowes' spatial analytics solutions are utilized across many verticals including insurance, financial services, telecommunications and retail, with many applying these analytics across massive, global data sets. Insurance firms rely on Pitney Bowes' spatial capabilities to better understand risk profiles by geography. Financial services firms leverage spatial analytics to optimize branch and ATM locations. Telecommunications providers and retailers use spatial data to better understand their subscribers and customers to present the most attractive offers to them. Additionally, analytics for the Internet of Things (IoT) require location attributes in order to fully address asset management use cases.

"Our partnership is extremely beneficial for Pitney Bowes and Hortonworks clients because it's one that will enable our clients to get tremendous business value out of their Big Data investments through geospatial analytics," says Roger Pilc, Executive Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer, Pitney Bowes. "By making our solutions available through one of the market's most respected big data providers, we're making it easy for partners and clients to derive meaningful insight, quickly and at scale."

Pitney Bowes Big Data solutions enable end users to quickly visualize patterns and relationships, inform interpretation and decision making, and generate richer insights and a faster return-of-investment. With data quality and geospatial analytics embedded directly into Big Data applications, it's easy to keep pace with the extraordinary speed and scale required. Clients can expedite insights, bread down data silos, boost accuracy and precision with geospatial and geo-enrichment capabilities, and link information across and with datasets like never before.

Currently, the Pitney Bowes capabilities offered through Hortonworks include Spectrum Geocoding for Big Data, Spectrum Location Intelligence for Big Data, Spectrum Data Quality for Big Data and the Spectrum Technology Platform. These offerings enable clients to work with structured and unstructured data to extract insights that can be applied for better outcomes.

About Pitney Bowes

Pitney Bowes (NYSE: PBI) is a global technology company offering innovative products and solutions that enable commerce in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping and mailing, and global ecommerce. More than 1.5 million clients in approximately 100 countries around the world rely on products, solutions and services from Pitney Bowes. For additional information, visit Pitney Bowes at www.pitneybowes.com.