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Expansion signals next stage of Interoute’s global networked cloud development

 

LOS ANGELES - Interoute, owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform, today announced that it has taken the final step in creating a fully meshed global network with two new diverse routes between Los Angeles (LA) and Hong Kong. With this new extension across the Pacific, Interoute’s low latency network now circles the globe, and will provide Interoute customers with faster access between the USA and Asia regions.

 

Interoute is now able to provide its enterprise customers with low latency pan-Pacific services, all built on its own entirely private and secure MPLS network. Provision has also been made for reliability, with the simultaneous deployment of two diverse routes to cover the distance.

 

Interoute has integrated its MPLS network with its cloud infrastructure platform Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC), which is designed on a global scale to make doing business across multiple markets simple and easy. Today’s announced network expansion follows the launches of the Interoute IP PoPs and VDC zones in LA[1] and Hong Kong[2], enabling companies to build their own private and Hybrid cloud infrastructures globally, all interconnected securely over high speed MPLS network. This announcement also follows Interoute’s recent opening of a new PoP in Singapore[3], strengthening its position in one of the world’s biggest financial hubs and a key business destination in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

Mark Lewis, VP Communications & Connectivity at Interoute, said: “Our investment in new links between Asia and the USA signifies the next stage in the development of Interoute’s global networked cloud. Our customers wishing to expand across the globe need a network and services platform that truly supports their digital businesses. With the launch of these new connections, Interoute is delivering the network capacity and service platforms that enterprises need to grow across the Pacific and around the world.”

The new route goes live in September 2015.

 

About Interoute

Interoute Communications Limited is the owner operator of Europe's largest network and a global cloud services platform, which encompasses, 12 data centres, 14 Virtual Data Centres and 31 collocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises, as well as the majority of the world’s top service providers, governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy has proved attractive to enterprises looking for a scalable, secure connectivity and an unconstrained platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout Europe and USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 dense city networks throughout Europe's major business centres. www.interoute.com

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

EVERBRIDGE NAMED A LEADER

We are pleased to announce that Everbridge has been recognized as a leader in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Emergency/Mass Notification Services

Here's are some highlights from the report:

  • "The emergency/mass notification services market continues to grow, albeit at a slower pace than between 2007 and 2011, supporting over 50 vendors serving a wide variety of use cases. This Magic Quadrant focuses on enterprise-level offerings, and ranks 11 of the most competitive vendors in the U.S."
  • "The leaders in EMNS in the future will have to demonstrate added value or else be relegated to being a commodity offering whose value is based purely on price point." 
  • "We believe Everbridge provides the powerful, easy-to-use solutions to help you deliver mass notifications for emergencies, STEMI alerts, code alerts, IT incident response, HIPAA-compliant messaging and much more."
  • "The definition of a leader: 'Leaders have products that work well for Gartner clients in midsize and large deployments. They excel in the combination of market understanding, product features and functions, and overall viability as a firm. Their EMNS products are well-known to clients, and are frequently found on RFP shortlists. Leaders have presence at tradeshows and publish market-related white papers and conduct webinars.'"

Everbridge provides the powerful, easy-to-use solutions to help you deliver the right message to the right person at the right time in emergencies and other critical incidents. Discover what Gartner has to say about the Everbridge product suite and the state of the Emergency/Mass Notification Services market; read the report now!

 

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Wick Hill Appointed Distributor For Avecto

Moving beyond antivirus and firewalls to next generation security

 

WOKING, Surrey - Wick Hill announced today that it has been appointed UK VAD for award-winning, endpoint security company Avecto. Avecto’s Defendpoint software is a market-leading, next generation endpoint security solution aimed at combating advanced cyber attacks. Designed to build on traditional security solutions such as antivirus and firewalls, it uniquely combines privilege management, application control and sandboxing in a single integrated security suite.

 

Established in 2008, Avecto has grown rapidly and now has offices in the US, Australia and DACH region. Defendpoint protects over 5 million endpoints worldwide covering a huge range of industry sectors, including 1.2 million endpoints at the world’s largest banks. Recognition and awards for Avecto include a 2015 win at the Cyber Security Awards and being placed fourth in the 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list of the UK’s fastest growing technology companies.

 

Avecto is continuing its exceptional growth and has appointed Wick Hill to deliver the market-making channel development required to support that.

 

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, commented: “We are delighted to have been appointed by Avecto. Defendpoint delivers a combination solution that is crucial for business defence today, dealing with application control, privilege management and sandbox protection against advanced attacks. While some businesses have some elements of this, very few have all three operational and in combination. Awareness of this solution is increasing quickly and we have already seen significant demand from channel partners.”

 

Paul Kenyon, EVP of global sales at Avecto said: “Avecto’s channel program has seen a rapid period of growth, supported by a strong network of partners across the globe. Wick Hill has an exceptional reputation in the market and has built strong relationships with a vast number of key resellers. This collaboration will widen our footprint and allow us to target a large pool of new customers with our unique endpoint security proposition.”

 

Avecto Defendpoint

Avecto is a three module, integrated endpoint security suite for proactive defence in-depth. It frees users from IT limitations, while increasing endpoint security.

 

Privilege Management

Allows businesses to regain control over admin rights. Assigns privileges to apps, not users, to protect the operating system.

 

Application Control

Protects the software environment. Easily blocks unauthorised applications, defending against targeted attacks.

 

Sandboxing

Safeguards corporate data. Isolates untrusted web activity, placing it in a secure container, capturing web-borne threats and providing a seamless end user experience.

 

About Wick Hill

Established in 1976, value added distributor Wick Hill specialises in secure IP infrastructure solutions. The company sources and delivers best-of-breed, easy-to-use solutions through its channel partners, with a portfolio that covers security, performance, access, networking, convergence, storage and hosted solutions.

Wick Hill is particularly focused on providing a wide range of value added support for its channel partners. This includes a strong lead generation and conversion programme, technical and consultancy support for reseller partners in every stage of the sales process, and extensive training. Wick Hill currently has offices in Woking, Surrey, with sister offices in Hamburg. Wick Hill Group is part of Rigby Private Equity, a subsidiary of Rigby Group Investments, an independent company within Rigby Group plc.

 

About Avecto

Avecto is an innovative technology business specializing in endpoint security. The company’s revolutionary Defendpoint software ensures security defense in depth while empowering users to work freely. Avecto’s experience is proven, with implementations of over 5 million endpoints at many of the world’s most recognizable brands, from the largest banks and most highly regulated government organizations to multichannel retailers and F1 teams. Attention to detail is paramount, with a team of qualified and experienced technology consultants on hand to guide clients through a robust implementation methodology. This consultative approach provides clients with a clearly mapped journey against measurable objectives to ensure project success.

Avecto has been placed in the top four of the Deloitte Fast 50 for the last two consecutive years, making it one of the UK’s fastest growing software companies, winning global accolades for quality and innovation.

Easy access to ready-to-use software packages from the cloud

 

LONDON – Matrix42 (www.matrix42.com), a top provider of software for workspace management, has announced the latest release of its new Package Manager solution. Administrators and IT managers can now optimise their software packages and use the Package Manager with up to 1,400 packages for Microsoft SCCM and the Matrix42 Client Management (Empirum) solution.

 

It is often time-consuming and expensive to deploy and install software packages using regu-lar manufacturer updates and the accompanying quality assurance procedure. Thanks to the Matrix42 Package Manager system, customers are now able to easily access the Matrix42 Package Cloud using a range of preconfigured software packages. All of the software pack-ages are available for Microsoft SCCM or the Matrix42 Client Management solution.

 

A dedicated team of experts creates these software packages and subjects them to an inten-sive quality assurance procedure before its deployment in the cloud. The new Matrix42 Package Manager enables users to download software packages quickly and easily and in-tegrate these packages into the desired Client Management solution. This decreases the number of packaging tasks and reduces costs in the IT department.

 

More packages with less work for administrators

Customers always have the latest software versions available with the Matrix42 Package Manager, and IT administrators can also make individual adjustments once they have down-loaded the standard packages. The Package Manager can be directly tested or used without having to be installed on the server. It supports best-practice packaging processes and therefore ensures increased standardisation and reliability when packaging the software. It also improves the internal IT department’s response time to new user requests, for example, for new installations or updates.

 

‘The Matrix42 Package Manager offers more than 20 years of Matrix42 packaging expertise from over 3,000 customer projects. The high degree of automation considerably simplifies the packaging and rollout of software for SCCM and Empirum customers, and substantially reduces costs for software rollouts,’ says Oliver Bendig, CTO at Matrix42. ‘Broad application knowledge is no longer necessary and complex installation processes become a thing of the past.’

 

Further information on the Package Manager and webcasts can be found under:

www.matrix42.com/en/products/matrix42-package-manager

 

About Matrix42

Matrix42 is a top provider of workspace management software. The company offers forward-thinking solutions for modern work environments under its ‘Smarter workspace’ motto. More than 3,000 customers around the world, including BMW, Infineon, and Carl Zeiss, currently manage approximately 3 million workstations using workspace management solutions from Matrix42.

Matrix42 operates successfully in seven countries – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden, and Australia. The company’s headquarters are in Frankfurt am Main in Germany. Founded in 1992, the company has been part of the Asseco Group since 2008, one of Europe's largest software providers.

Matrix42’s products and solutions are designed to simply and efficiently manage modern work environments – whether physical, virtual, or at mobile workspaces.

Matrix42 focuses on user orientation, automation, and process optimization. The company’s solutions meet not only the requirements of modern employees who want to work from any location and with a great variety of devices, but also those of IT departments and businesses themselves.

Matrix42 offers its solutions to organizations across different sectors who value forward-looking and efficient workspace management. The company also successfully collaborates with partners who provide on-site consultation to Matrix42 customers. Some of these leading partners include TAP.DE Solutions GmbH, Consulting4IT GmbH, and DSP IT Service GmbH.

Further information available at

http://www.matrix42.com/en/

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For those new or who currently work in critical environments such as data centers, call centers, research & development, university research, hospitals, clean rooms, banking trading floors/environments, broadcasting sites, and manufacturing facilities.

Recognized globally for its vendor-neutral, standards-based education programs, ICOR University's Resiliency Framework provides education and credentialing in the disciplines that support a resilient organization.  Several of ICOR's Certificate Programs are also ANSI (American National Standards Institute) Accredited.

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Currently hold a certification and just need to earn CEU's or brush up on specific topic? ICOR's elearning series of course offerings meets your needs. Successful completion of the online exam results in an ICOR Certificate. Certificates can be earned in many areas. 

Looking for an instructor-led in-depth class in a particular area? ICOR's instructor-led classes are offered globally and several in both English and Spanish.

ICOR is the solution to Critical Environment Education. 

 

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Critical Environments Education and Certification Program
TIFM 3000: Critical Environments Technician (CET)
TIFM 2000: Critical Environments Technician Series (elearining)
TIFMARM 7000: Critical Environments Auditor (CEA)
TIFM 1000: Essential Knowledge for Critical Environments - Critical Environments Technician Associate (CETa)
TIFM 4000: Critical Environments Manager Series (elearning)
TIFM 5000: Critical Environments Manager (CEM)
TIFM 6000: Critical Environments Engineer (CEE)

TIFM 3000: Critical Environments Technician
(instructor led)

CET
Attend ICOR's 2 day class after DCW and challenge the CET certification exam, the global certification for the Technician working in the Critical Environment.  With a focus on the operation and maintenance of the critical environment infrastructure, the CET course includes practical activities that focus on solving problems in the critical environment. 
 
The focus of TIFM 3000 is on the operation and maintenance of mission critical equipment, the utilization and creation of documentation with a critical environment, understanding how each system works and interacts with other systems, identifying risks to critical environments, and increasing efficiency through operations
 
The course audience is those responsible for day-to-day operation and maintenance of the critical environment's physical infrastructure (Electrical/Mechanical/Fire) systems.  Practical activities that focus on problem solving are included throughout the course.

The CET Certification Exam can be taken as part of the class or outside of the classroom environment.  To earn the CET certification, a minimum score of 75% in each of the course content areas (2000.1-2000.8) is required. Exam is practicum or practical problem solving question based.
Download the brochure.
 
Schedule      
September 16, 2015 São Paulo, Brazil
September 24, 2015 Mational Harbor Maryland (post DCW) 
December 9, 2015 Tampa, FL

TIFM 2000: Critical Environments Technician Series (elearning)
The purpose of the Technician Series is to provide specific information on a single topic. There are no prerequisites and classes are on-demand as part of ICOR's elearning education system. 
Download the Brochure.  Register for one or the entire series! Certification exam fee is included when taking the entire elearning series.
Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of each online course & accompanying online exam. The certificate awarded designates Critical Environments Technician Associate in Documentation, HVAC, Power Generation, etc.

The Critical Environments Technician (CET) Certification Exam may be challenged after completing one or more of the courses in the series.

Course audience is those responsible for day-to-day operation and maintenance of the critical environment's physical infrastructure (Electrical/Mechanical/Fire) systems. Detailed knowledge with advanced practical application for critical environment centric topics including:

2000.1 Documentation, Drawings and Compliance / CMMS
2000.2 HVAC and Chiller Plants - CRAC, Chiller, Cooling Towers,Chemistry, Piping Systems
2000.3 Power Generation, PLC and Backup Methodology - DC Power Sources
2000.4 Power Distribution, Metering, and Infrastructure / Tier Logic
2000.5 UPS, ATS and ASTS - Transferring Critical Power Sources
2000.6 Security, Fire and Life Safety includes Emergency Power Off Button (EPO)
2000.7 Server Components, Networking and Design Methods/Cabling
2000.8 Capacity Planning and Reporting / Budget Planning 

Online Certification Exam - CET available!


TIFMARM 7000: Critical Environments Auditor
(instructor led)
CEA TIFMARM 7000 is a 5 day class with a focus on developing a standards-based critical environment, preparing to be audited in different environmental areas, and learning how to conduct environmental audits and manage risk.  Download the Brochure.

To earn the CEA certification, a minimum score of 75% in each of the course content areas (7000.1-7000.8) is required. Exam is practicum or practical problem solving question based. Exam can be taken as part of the class or outside of the classroom environment.

Course audience includes those with a great deal of experience working with all areas of the data center at the technical, managerial, and engineering levels. TIFMARM 7000 content includes the following:

7000.1 Audit materials - What tools are required?

7000.2 Setting up and preparing for the audit 

7000.3 Essential data required for assessing critical systems

7000.4 Identification and documentation of gaps

7000.5 Reviewing documentation

7000.6 Evaluating reliability

7000.7 Advanced single point of failure discovery methods

7000.8 Practical: Conducting an audit 

There are two full audits represented as part of the auditor training.  One full audit under the guidance and direction of the instructor and one full audit that is conducted by the students and evaluated by the instructor.  The completion of this practical audit is 50% of the final scoring for this program.

Register Today!

Schedule
November 2, 2015 San Ramon, CA
 
TIFM 1000: Essential Knowledge for Critical Environments - Critical Environments Technician Associate (CETa)
CETa 2 day course covering content necessary to manage and operate a critical environment to avoid unplanned outages caused by equipment failure and human error.
For those new or those who currently work in critical environments such as data centers, call centers, research & development, university research, hospitals, clean rooms, banking trading floors / environments, broadcasting sites, and manufacturing facilities.  Download the Brochure.
TIFM 1000 focuses on creating a base set of knowledge for critical environments and includes a full range of topics:

1000.1 The Evolution of Critical Environments - Philosophy & Lessons Learned

1000.2 Building a Critical Environment - Starting Logic

1000.3 Infrastructure - Uptime Tiering

1000.4 Measuring & Reporting for Successful Capacity Planning

1000.5 Procedures - What Should You Have?

1000.6 Maintenance of Critical Infrastructure

1000.7 Individual Components of a Critical Environment

1000.8 Critical Environments Aesthetics: What a Critical Environment Should Look Like

Participants who successfully complete the practical exam are awarded the Critical Environments Technician Associate (CETa) Certification. 
                     
Schedule:   Register Here
July 23, 2015 Mexico City
August 24, 2015 Chicago, IL
August 27, 2015 São Paulo, Brazil
September 28, 2015 Nairobi, Kenya
October 19, 2015 Boston, MA
November 26, 2015 São Paulo, Brazil
December 7, 2015 Tampa, FL

TIFM 4000: Critical Environments Manager Series
(elearning) 
The purpose of the Manager Series is to provide specific information on a single topic. There
are no pre-requisites and classes are on-demand as part of ICOR's elearning education system.

Certificates are awarded upon successful completion of each online course and accompanying online exam. The certificate awarded designates Critical Environments Manager Associate in Documentation, HVAC, Power Generation, etc.

CEM
The Critical Environments Manager (CEM) Certification Exam may be challenged after completing one or more of the courses in the series.Download the brochure.


Course audience includes those who seek to be or are currently responsible for the strategic oversight of the critical environments operations and maintenance activities with full accountability for ensuring that the critical facilities environments are reliably available 24X7X365.
TIFM 4000 consists of online classes specific to each of the following subject areas:
4000.1 Documentation and Operating Procedures:Inventory control and critical spares
4000.2 Best Practices for Critical Environments: Design, construction standards & code compliance
4000.3 Evaluating Drawings - What to demand from your project
4000.4 Long term budgeting of critical infrastructure
4000.5 Energy Efficient Operations - Critical Thinking about Efficiency
4000.6 Retaining Redundancy, Capacity Planning, Detailed Reporting,and Analyzing Trends
4000.7 Preparing to be audited
4000.8 Expectations of a Computerized Maintenance Management System: Preventative, Predictive, and Corrective Maintenance

TIFM 5000: Critical Environments Manager
(instructor led)
CEM
For those interested in taking the full series of modules offered in TIFM 4000 in an instructor-led "live" classroom environment, TIFM is a 3 day class that includes the CEM Certification Exam. Exam can be taken as part of the class or outside of the classroom environment.Download the brochure.

To earn the CEM certification, a minimum score of 75% in each of the course content areas (4000.1-4000.8) is required. Exam is practicum or practical problem solving question based.

Course audience includes those who seek to be or are currently responsible for the strategic oversight of the critical environments operations and maintenance activities with full accountability for ensuring that the critical facilities environments are reliably available 24X7X365.

TIFM 5000 course content includes detailed knowledge with advanced practical application for critical environment centric topics listed in TIFM 4000 (above).  Register Here 

Schedule                    

 
September 23, 2015 National Harbor Maryland (post DCW) 

October 21, 2015 Boston, MA
November 11, 2015 São Paulo, Brazil

TIFM 6000: Critical Environments Engineer
(instructor led)
CEETIFM 6000 is a 3 day class that includes the CEE Certification Exam. To earn the CEM certification, a minimum score of 75% in each of the
course content areas (6000.1-6000.8) is required. Exam is practicum or
practical problem solving question based. Exam can be taken as part of
the class or outside of the classroom environment.  Download the Brochure.

Course audience includes those who seek to be or are currently responsible for the operation, and maintenance of all electrical, mechanical, and HVAC equipment within the critical environment with responsibilities for vendor selection and contract negotiations.

TIFM 6000 course content includes detailed knowledge with advanced practical application for critical environment centric topics including the following modules:

6000.1 Managing Critical Environments Projects

6000.2 System Design Integrations and Concerns

6000.3 Outage Window Concerns

6000.4 Vetting your Engineering Program

6000.5 Training Programs - setting up an internal process

6000.6 Vendor Requirements and Contractual Obligations

6000.7 Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

6000.8 Top Level Expert Engineering for Critical Environments

Register Here  

Schedule
September 23, 2015 Dulles, VA
October 21, 2015 São Paulo, Brazil
November 9, 2015 San Ramon, CA

                   
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Region’s Leader in Unified Communications Educates Customers on the Evolution of Malicious Threats

HOUSTON, Texas — Abletek, a leading provider of unified communications, announced today that the company has launched an awareness campaign on recent advancements in cyber security. As technology has become even more central to business operations, hackers have grown in proficiency and are posing several new threats to business owners. Abletek, is actively engaged in alerting customers of these new methods by which hackers are attacking businesses. 
Cyber-attacks, such as malware, have become one of the biggest threats on an organization’s network because of the speed by which these attacks evolve. Cyber security has become one of the fastest changing technologies in response, and is constantly vying to remain a step ahead of the threats that face most organizations. While business owners were previously able to avoid most threats by purchasing a strong firewall, hackers have continued to evolve their methods and simply put, a firewall doesn’t offer any sufficient level of protection anymore. As technology continues to move forward, the threats facing organizations have become much more sophisticated, brazen and bold. 
One such common tactic used by hackers is the coordination of simultaneous attacks to overwhelm any server, LAN (local area network), or other critical endpoint on the network. Essentially, this overwhelms the endpoint and creates openings for hackers to attack the network during the overload period. Every endpoint is vulnerable to these types of attacks, and hackers can circumvent firewalls through any mobile device or tablet, unless the organization has a Unified Threat Management System that automatically evolves with and is designed to thwart these types of attacks. 
“Hackers have a malicious goal of accessing and misusing proprietary company data for financial gain,” stated Charles Goodner, President of Abletek. “One of the best practices that we recommend is triple layered infrastructure protection,” added Goodner. “This means establishing a layer of security at the edge of the network, another security layer at the desktop and a final layer of security at the LAN. This exponentially reduces the risks facing any enterprise because of the redundant nature of multiple levels of protection. This simple step can save companies thousands of dollars and unnecessary downtime.”  
Another challenge facing organizations, as it relates to cyber security, is when employees access unauthorized sites and are phished for login credentials, making the network instantly vulnerable. “Through our guidance and technology we help our customers control access to certain web sites and automatically prevent employees from interacting with sites that pose security risks to the network,” commented Mr. Goodner. “The technology is configured to automatically detect malicious sites and shutdown the threat before any interaction begins.” 
Abletek has established a cyber-security division and is helping companies understand and implement a Unified Threat Management System. During the company’s initial stages of customer outreach, they’ve found that most customers are completely exposed to threats. “The question business owners must ask themselves is if they truly believe that a static solution can combat a dynamic problem?” said Goodner. “In other words, if your firewall hasn’t evolved in the past several years, how can you expect it to keep pace with the evolution of hackers? And more importantly, where do you think that leaves your company data and customers’ sensitive information?”
	

ABOUT ABLETEK

Abletek is not your typical IT & communications company. We are a TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION PROVIDER and we care deeply about helping you maximize your productivity through effective Managed Services (MSP), IT, communications and related business technology solutions, and while a lot of companies may talk about increasing your productivity, Abletek actually delivers. 
ABLETEK will remove the burden of managing your network and communications infrastructures by providing everything needed to  maintain your servers, workstations, laptops, Pocket PCs/PDA/Treo, Switches, Routers, Email, Printers, VoIP, SIP, Digital & Analog Communications systems and more.  Leverage our team of dedicated professionals and proven  technology  management  resources  to:  CONTROL & REDUCE YOUR COSTS. 
For more information on Abletek, call (713) 455.1888 or visit www.abletek.com.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – National Weather Service officials recognized Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach as a StormReady® community during a ceremony at the school’s Jim W. Henderson Administration and Welcome Center on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Home to more than 7,000 students, faculty and staff at the Daytona Beach Campus, Embry-Riddle becomes the 12th Florida university to achieve StormReady® status. 

The StormReady program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady® communities across the country have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes.

“StormReady encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations and public awareness in partnership with their local National Weather Service office,” said Scott Spratt, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Forecast Office in Melbourne, Fla. Spratt will present university officials with a recognition letter and a special StormReady® sign during the ceremony.  

“Embry-Riddle already has a culture of safety that is the gold standard for the profession and the industry, so it’s only natural that we continue to build on that culture by becoming a StormReady university,” said Dr. Richard H. Heist, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research. “The safety of everyone on all of our campuses is paramount, and by being StormReady the university is able to extend a greater level of protection.”

The nationwide community preparedness program, founded in 1999, is a grassroots approach to preparing for natural hazards. Today, more than 2,300 U.S. communities are better prepared for severe weather through the StormReady® program.

“As a StormReady community, Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus maintains a 24-hour communications and emergency operations center. We monitor local weather and flood conditions and have multiple ways to alert the campus and the public when severe weather threatens,” said Dan McCune, the university’s Associate Vice President for Safety and Risk. “We conduct emergency preparedness and response training exercises and we help our surrounding communities prepare by organizing public preparedness programs. This is just one more tool to enhance the overall safety culture of our entire campus, which in turn helps us be prepared for any and all emergencies.”      

The StormReady® program is part of the National Weather Service's working partnership with the International Association of Emergency Managers and the National Emergency Management Association. The StormReady® recognition is valid for three years and can be renewed. 

The National Weather Service’s Melbourne Forecast Office is the primary source of weather data, forecasts and warnings for about four million people in 10 east-central Florida counties. Working with partners, the National Weather Service is building a Weather-Ready Nation to support community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather.

MEDIA CONTACT: James Roddey, Communications and Media Relations Manager, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla.; Office: (386) 226-6198; james.roddey@erau.edu.

About Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, is a nonprofit, independent institution offering more than 75 baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its colleges of Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Engineering and Security & Intelligence. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus with more than 125 locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and through online programs. The university is a major research center, seeking solutions to real-world problems in partnership with the aerospace industry, other universities and government agencies. For more information, visit www.embryriddle.edu, follow us on Twitter (@EmbryRiddle) and facebook.com/EmbryRiddleUniversity, and find expert videos at YouTube.com/EmbryRiddleUniv.

Global Green USA's Vision, Leadership, Community Coalition Building & Persistence Help Create Models of Climate Resiliency for NOLA and At-Risk Coastal Cities

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Immediately after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Global Green USA responded with a greenprint for sustainably rebuilding NOLA's schools, homes and communities to be climate resilient. Global Green USA's goals were to save residents money, improve health and create model buildings that would reduce the CO2 emissions that contribute to global climate change. Time Magazine previously reported, "no organization is doing more to green New Orleans than Global Green USA."

While 10 years ago, New Orleans embodied the dire threats and potential devastating impacts of climate change to coastal cities, today many NOLA neighborhoods reveal a green, hopeful future that especially benefits low-income and minority communities disproportionately harmed by climate change.

Today, thanks to Global Green:

  • Tens of thousands of New Orleanians are enjoying healthier lives in greener homes, schools and other community buildings.
  • Thousands of students and teachers now go to school in more energy-efficient classrooms, which save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in reduced electricity expenses, thanks to a generous grant from the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund.
  • More than 25,000 people have toured Global Green's Model Green Home Visitor Center in the Holy Cross Project of the Lower Ninth Ward to learn how to build and remodel their homes to be greener.
    • The average monthly Entergy bill (including electricity and gas) of Holy Cross Project homeowners is less than $30.
  • More than 20,000 New Orleanians participated in our innovative Build it Back Green (BIBG) workshops and community events.Over $1 million dollars in revenue was generated for local and small business contractors through Global Green's implementation of NOLA Wise that completed 170 single-family retrofits which will save a combined total of 763,170 kilowatt hours of energy per year for these families.
    • BIBG directly assisted over 3,000 New Orleans residents and saved approximately 1,713,500 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere which is equal to the planting of 35,699 trees or taking 150 cars off the road for a year.

"As we commemorate the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and remember the extraordinary loss of life and unimaginable horrors caused by one of the first climate-related natural disasters in North America, we also reflect upon the remarkable resilience of New Orleans residents and the successful transformation of many neighborhoods, schools and communities that are now greener, healthier and more resilient," said Dr. Les McCabe, Global Green USA President and CEO

To learn more about Global Green's remarkable initiatives over the past decade, visit our Katrina10 blog series at.

Global Green USA also is commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and their efforts to rebuild a greener New Orleans by launching the Climate Champions fundraising campaign. The initiative recommits resources to NOLA and other at-risk cities such as New York, San Francisco, Miami, and Los Angeles in order to complete their Lower Ninth Ward Climate Action and Community Center, enhance their New Orleans-based Disaster Response Team, and educate and motivate people in other cities to make changes to prevent climate related disasters and become prepared before they happen, thereby lessening the destruction and shortening the reconstruction process.

To support the campaign, Climate Change Champions can log onto to get more information or they can text CLIMATE to 77717 to get involved now.

Global Green USA is dedicated to helping the people, the places, and the planet in need through catalytic projects, transformative policy, and cutting-edge research. Global Green USA's signature programs include greening affordable housing, schools, neighborhoods, and cities.

10 GREEN INITIATIVES FOR KATRINA10

  1. Green Schools
    Thanks to Global Green's leadership and technical assistance and the philanthropic support of the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, Global Green successfully helped rebuild and improve the environmental and health performance of New Orleans schools while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars on utility expenses. Global Green's two Model Green Schools, Wilson Charter and L.B. Landry H.S., received LEED Gold and LEED Silver designations, respectively. In addition, our four Green Seed Schools-A.P. Tureaud, MLK Charter, The International School and Gentilly Terrace-are each saving an average of $23,000 annually due to energy efficiency upgrades. Global Green drafted Green Building and Green Schools Resolutions for the City Council, each of which was passed unanimously, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. The Green Building Resolution was elevated to a Green Building Ordinance in 2007, including such requirements as adoption of voluntary, New Orleans-based green standards for buildings.

  2. The Holy Cross Project
    In the summer of 2006, Global Green hosted an international design competition chaired by actor and activist Brad Pitt for its green model village in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. The project was created to help demonstrate how green homes and buildings could help rebuild New Orleans better than before. HCP was designed to include five LEED Platinum Homes, and a Community Development and Climate Action Center with rain gardens and shared outdoor space. The project has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Times Picayune and in countless architectural magazines. More importantly, the Pam Dashiell Visitor Center, named in honor of the community activist who founded the Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, has educated over 25,000 visitors since it opened in May 2008. The average monthly Entergy bill (including electricity and gas) of Holy Cross Project homeowners is less than $30.

  3. Build It Back Green
    Build It Back Green (BIBG), a Global Green program from 2008 to 2011, reached over 20,000 New Orleans residents through community workshops and events, one-on-one green building technical consultations, and home energy assessments and weatherizations. BIBG directly assisted over 3,000 New Orleans residents and saved approximately 1,713,500 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, which is equal to the planting of 35,699 trees or taking 150 cars off the road for a year.

  4. NOLA Wise
    In 2011, the success of BIBG led to Global Green administering NOLA Wise, a residential energy efficiency and job training program funded through the Department of Energy. NOLA Wise put a total of 42 contractors, veterans, and disadvantaged youth through Building Performance Institute (BPI) training and was the first entity to require BPI certification of its contractors. NOLA Wise completed 170 single-family retrofits that will save a combined total of 763,170 kilowatt hours of energy per year for these families and over $1 million in revenue for local, small business contractors. NOLA Wise continues to serve as an educational resource for New Orleans homeowners providing advice and guidance on implementing energy efficiency in their homes. Residents can visit our Holy Cross Visitor Center to see energy efficiency and green building in action.

  5. Wetlands Restoration and Protection
    Launched in 2010, Global Green's Louisiana Wetland Action Program (LWAP) engages landowners, cumulatively owning 180,000 acres of coastal wetlands in Southeastern Louisiana, about opportunities for coastal restoration with a focus on blue carbon, the CO2 sequestered in wetland soils and vegetation. LWAP collaborated with LSU scientists to determine the feasibility of blue carbon projects by monitoring black mangroves in Port Fourchon, and released a blue carbon documentary in 2014.

  6. In-School Education
    Through a partnership with the Entergy New Orleans' energy efficiency program, Energy Smart, Global Green New Orleans developed and implemented the "Be Energy Smart" in-school education program from 2013-2015. This program taught students about energy efficiency and helped them be more efficient at home with Energy Kits that contained CFLs, sink aerators, and a low-flow showerhead. Since "Be Energy Smart" was launched in November 2013, the program reached 1566 New Orleans public school students and will save 194,444 kWh annually for the families of the students who participated.  Growing from the success of this in-school education model, we have since expanded our Environmental Education programming geographically and conceptually to include the three core sustainability topics that Global Green addresses nationwide: energy, water and waste.

  7. Water Wise NOLA
    Water Wise NOLA is dedicated to building support for wise water management strategies in neighborhoods that are most affected by chronic flooding. Water Wise NOLA is primarily an educational program that shares information with homeowners about DIY green infrastructure methods for managing water on their property. In addition, the program connects residents with their neighbors to re-envision their neighborhoods with added green infrastructure systems. Since 2014, Water Wise NOLA has attended more than 100 community events and neighborhood association meetings as a means to share resources with residents. Water Wise NOLA has hosted seven workshops in different neighborhoods across the city and has built rain barrels and rain gardens with residents to demonstrate green infrastructure techniques.

  8. Green Building Resource Center
    Global Green has provided hands-on examples of green building materials, fact sheets and individual consultations since 2006. It was honored as "New Orleans' Best Recovery Resource" in December 2010 by the Neighborhood Partnership Network. Mini-resources were created by request for the Permits and Planning Departments in City Hall.

  9. Solar & Green Policy Initiatives
    Global Green was instrumental in creating and leading The Green Collaborative, a group of over 140 businesses, nonprofits, and other entities concerned with developing a green economy, and producing policy documents such as the Green Platform for New Orleans' Mayor and Council in 2010 and a Declaration of Energy Dependence after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In addition, Global Green assisted the City of New Orleans in becoming one of 25 Solar American Cities, securing a $200,000 Solar American City grant and technical assistance from the Department of Energy for the City.

  10. International Engagement
    In October 2007, Global Green USA hosted the Green Cross International General Assembly in New Orleans to show the world the state of the city two years post-Katrina, bringing increased international attention to the region. Green Cross Founder Mikhail Gorbachev and delegates from over 20 countries visited the Lower 9th Ward and other parts of the city, including a stop at The International School.

FLEMINGTON, NJReal-Time Technology Group (RTTG), a leading provider of secure and hosted Identity and Risk Management solutions, is proud to announce that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded its Real-Time Verification™ (RTV™) technology with SAFETY ACT Designation. This designation program was established to reward invention and commercialization of anti-terrorism technologies.

RTTG received DHS SAFETY ACT protections for RTV as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (QATT) following a rigorous review and evaluation process. The Secure Worker Access Consortium (SWAC), driven by RTTG's RTV technology platform, was one of the key considerations in this review process. SWAC is a unique Trusted Community of contractors that support the construction and maintenance of the World Trade Center complex and NY-metro region’s critical transportation infrastructure. This innovative and secure information-sharing program helps to ensure that workers
who access sensitive facilities are known, safe, and threat-free.

Specifically, RTV is a web-based Software-as-a-Service ("SaaS") application that provides comprehensive personnel assurance through the secure collection and audited need-to-know sharing of sensitive personal information. The technology is designed to assist Risk Managers in evaluating and assuring employee and contractor compliance with local safety and security procedures. RTV supports the following secure processes: Online Enrollment, Positive Identity Verification (including document validation), Threat Screening and Monitoring, Compliance Measurement, and Credential Issuance and Authentication. RTV’s real-time data analysis delivers continuous evaluation of compliance criteria, including Terrorist Watch Lists, civil and criminal Public Record Alerts, and continuing education requirements.

This prestigious designation assures our clients that DHS has thoroughly reviewed our technology and hosting infrastructure, and deemed that it meets the high standards required as a designated Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology,” states Daniel Krantz, Managing Director and CEO of Real-Time Technology Group.

The result of more than 15 years of hard work, it’s very rewarding for our team to receive this recognition,” Krantz continues. “We all come to work knowing that we contribute to our nation’s safety and security. Our office features many 9/11 reminders: the Flag of Honor, WTC Memorial artwork, and a treasured piece of steel from WTC given to us in appreciation of our charitable efforts on behalf of The Feal Good Foundation,” he says. "We’re now leveraging expertise gained in critical infrastructure protection to benefit all kinds of sensitive facilities and public landmarks. And we’re helping First Responders assure the proper training and optimal allocation of specialized resources. It's a great honor to have earned this DHS distinction, and a privilege to lead our team in providing world-class Anti-terrorism and Emergency Preparedness and Response technologies."

About Real-Time Technology Group:Real-Time Technology Group (RTTG) is an industry-leading provider of secure and hosted Web-based technology solutions for real-time critical information management in support of improved safety, security and business processes. These solutions monitor and facilitate the audited collection, processing, and need-to-know sharing of sensitive identity information within an enterprise, among agencies and organizations, or across an industry. RTTG provides public agencies and private companies with secure and fully-managed technology solutions for: personal identity verification, threat screening and monitoring, professional training and certification tracking, and credential management. This improves risk management and assures compliance with safety and security requirements and operating procedures.

Proven effectiveness and best-in-class professional support services have earned RTTG its reputation as a secure, trusted, and reliable technology partner.  RTTG led the technical development of the Secure Worker Access Consortium (SWAC) a unique personnel assurance program that helps secure the NY/NJ metro area's highest-value terrorist targets, including World Trade Center complex and regional critical transportation infrastructures. RTTG's technology solutions are uniquely engineered to serve the needs of airports and transportation facilities, critical infrastructure, public landmarks and city centers, chemical and pharmaceutical facilities, healthcare and academic institutions, among others.

Founded in 1999 and led by Chief Executive Officer Daniel W. Krantz, the company prides itself on 100% employee-owned U.S.-based operations. http://www.realtimetg.com

Faction cloud powers infrastructure for world’s largest independent luxury hotel brand

 

DENVER, Colo. – Faction,  an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud service provider offering private, public and hybrid cloud solutions through the channel, announces today that its enterprise-class cloud platform is a game changer for the world’s largest independent luxury hotel brand, Preferred Hotels & Resorts. By moving its production and backup environments to Faction’s cloud, Preferred Hotels & Resorts can now extend greater customization capabilities and on-demand resources, along with increased flexibility and control, to its IT department.

 

Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers a wide variety of reliable sales, marketing, distribution, and technology services to more than 650 luxury hotels across 85 countries, ensuring superior performance for all hotels, company associates, and loyal guests. In its search for a new cloud provider, Preferred Hotels & Resorts sought the advice of its IT partner, CDW , a multi-brand technology solutions and services provider with a cloud team representing multiple cloud service providers covering all major cloud categories. CDW vetted multiple providers for the solution, and together with Preferred Hotels & Resorts, chose Faction as the best fit. 

 

“Since Faction is one of our top cloud-based partners for businesses due to their technical expertise and high touch service model, we felt they would be a great fit for meeting Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ IT requirements,” states Rich Korn, Senior AIM Specialist for CDW.  “After comparing them to a few other options, Faction did the best job architecting a reliable and successful migration plan for Preferred Hotels & Resorts.”

Faction’s migration plan included a backup and transfer of Preferred Hotel & Resorts’ data, and the operations commenced directly on Faction’s cloud infrastructure, using Faction’s patented Layer 2 Direct Connect topology. Faction’s cloud now supports Preferred Hotels & Resorts’ production environment for more than 250 associates, including email applications, file exchange, Microsoft Office, along with testing and development. By leveraging Faction’s cloud, Preferred Hotels & Resorts also has a robust disaster recovery operation in place and can restore data in minutes, further ensuring that its end-users, hotels, and associates can always access their email, applications and internal systems.

 

“Our transition to Faction was without a doubt one of the best migrations we’ve ever had,” states Charles Zieres, Vice President, IT, Preferred Hotels & Resorts. “Faction’s commitment to our success, rapid response time, and ability to implement new initiatives in a matter of days makes the company an ideal partner.”

 

“The Faction solution is a private cloud exclusively for Preferred Hotels & Resorts – not shared, providing them greater control and flexibility to fine tune its dedicated storage, compute and bandwidth resource pools safely and dynamically,“ comments Luke Norris , Chief Executive Officer of Faction. “Preferred Hotels & Resorts also now has deeper access to its environment with a dedicated VMware vCenter management portal accessible from anywhere. Since Faction constantly upgrades its internal cloud components, Operating System versions, software and network capacity, Preferred Hotels & Resorts can ensure it is continuously innovating and testing the latest enhancements.”

Operating cloud nodes located across eight geographies in the United States and Europe, Faction offers a solid core of compute, storage, and state-of-the-art network resources, which customers can build out with the exact components they need to make the cloud their own.

Visit www.factioninc.com for more information and connect with Faction on Twitter (@FactionInc), LinkedIn and YouTube.

 

 

About Faction

Faction is an enterprise-class IaaS cloud service provider offering private, public, & hybrid cloud solutions through channel partners. Faction supplies cloud the way its partners and customers want it with extreme performance, deep control, and broad customization capabilities.  

FACTION is 100% channel-driven, as it never competes with Channel Partners and provides the services, tools and expertise that result in value for customers. With cloud nodes across the United States and in Europe (Seattle, Santa Clara, Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, New Jersey, New York, and the United Kingdom), Faction offers both Cisco UCS and Open Compute platforms, is a Platinum-level NetApp Service Provider, and is VMware vCloud® Powered. Join the Faction. Become a Reseller Today. www.factioninc.com or (855) 532-4734. ollow us on Twitter (@FactionInc) and LinkedIn.