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TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Innodisk, the service-driven flash, DRAM and peripheral module provider, presents its new series of SSDs that obtain European E-Mark certification. Innodisk is the first peripheral supplier to obtain the European E-mark certification two years ago, and we will continue to add more certified SSDs. In addition, Innodisk is the only storage solution provider with multiple in-vehicle computing compliant standards for EMI resistance. This series of SSDs are also compliant with SAE J1113(US), ISO 7637-2 and the United States Military Standard, MIL-STD-810F/G.

There are many challenges when it comes to designing products for in-vehicle computing systems, such as dirty power sources, harsh environments, or road instability. Innodisk products are designed to manage these issues, making us one of the world's most reliable storage provider for in-vehicle applications. There are multiple peripherals and electronic devices in many modern vehicle, each of which can create electromagnetic radiation that disturbs the function of other electronic components. Innodisk's in-vehicle SSDs are certified products that cause no electromagnetic interference. 

Innodisk's Flash, DRAM and embedded peripheral products for in-vehicle computing systems are designed to operate under harsh conditions, while supporting the flexibility of the sealed system's placement within the automobile. These reliable storage and memory solutions are heat and shock resistant and have low power consumption that can prevent vehicle challenges caused by power volatility. 

Characteristics of Innodisk's In-Vehicle Computing Storage Solutions:

  • EMI certified by automotive standards (Flash)
  • Exclusive iCell and iData Guard technologies to prevent data loss during power failures (Flash)
  • Low power consumption design (Flash)
  • Thermal sensor and wide temperature operating range (-40°C to 85°C)
  • Military standard shock-resistance and rugged DRAM design
  • Conformal coating protectant for open components on a circuit board
  • Support systems using the ARM architecture (DRAM)

Product Availability

Innodisk's in-vehicle solutions include:
Flash module

  • CFast: MLC from 8GB to 256GB / SLC from 4GB to 64GB
  • CF card: MLC from 8GB to 256GB / SLC from 512 MB to 8GB
  • mSATA 3MG2-P: MLC from 16GB to 512GB.
  • 2.5" SATA SSD3MG2-P: MLC from 8GB to 2TB.

DRAM module

  • DDR3 wide temperature solutions up to 16GB
  • DDR4 2400 wide temperature up to 16GB
  • DDR2/DDR3/DDR4 rugged DIMM series

Embedded peripheral

  • mPCIe CANBus module EMUC-B201
  • Serial module EMP2-X402 / X403

Exhibition Information


Innodisk will showcase its in-vehicle storage solutions at International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, InnoTrans, September 20th to 23rd in Berlin, Germany. Innodisk will be at Hall 4.1, Booth 225. 

About Innodisk

Innodisk (TWSE: 5289) is a service-driven provider of flash memory, DRAM modules and embedded peripheral products for the industrial and enterprise applications. With satisfied customers across the embedded, aerospace and defense, cloud storage markets and more, we have set ourselves apart with a commitment to dependable products and unparalleled service. This has resulted in products, including embedded peripherals, designed to supplement existing industrial solutions and high IOPS flash arrays for industrial and enterprise applications. The expanded business lines are leading our next step in being a comprehensive solution and service provider in the industrial storage industry.

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, Innodisk supports clients globally with engineering support and sales teams in China, Europe, Japan, and the United States. With abundant experience and an unrivaled knowledge of the memory industry, Innodisk develops products with excellent quality, remarkable performance, great cost-efficiency, and the highest reliability. For more information about Innodisk, please visit http://www.innodisk.com.

The Study Also Finds That Companies With Strong Analytics Capabilities Are Three Times More Likely to Get Value From the Internet of Things Than Are Those With Weaker Analytics Capabilities 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – When it comes to the Internet of Things, deriving business value is as much about managing relationships as it is about device management. Two-thirds (66%) of the respondents to a new survey who are actively working on IoT projects collect data from and/or send data to their customers, suppliers, or competitors. This exchange of device data across organizational borders deepens existing relationships between organizations and forges new relationships. The findings are part of a new global study by MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR) and released last week in a report titled Data Sharing and Analytics Drive Success With IoT

"There's a surprisingly social aspect to managing connected devices," says coauthor David Kiron, executive editor of MIT SMR, "The Internet of Things is not just about connecting things. It is also about the connections that IoT creates between an organization and its customers, suppliers, and competitors." 

The survey, sponsored by Teradata, of more than 1,400 executives and managers from a wide variety of industries, and from organizations of all sizes, also showed that organizations with analytical capabilities that are good or excellent are three times more likely to report having no trouble getting business value from IoT, compared to those who rated their analytical capabilities as worse than good. 

The analytical capabilities, the report also found, go hand in hand with being able to quantify the potential effect of IoT projects. Forty-five percent of those with good or excellent analytical capabilities can measure the return on their IoT investments, while only 19% of those without good analytical capabilities can do so. 

A third key finding of the study was that many companies simply don't have the technical knowledge to manage IoT projects: Forty-nine percent of respondents indicated that, in order to take advantage of IoT, they needed to improve their IoT talent base. Organizations are building relationships to find this talent. More than half (56%) of survey respondents whose organizations actively use IoT gain IoT expertise by hiring new talent. But for others, IoT activity involves depending on other organizations: Thirty-nine percent engage consultants to access IoT expertise, and 43% obtain IoT talent by partnering with an organization that has the talent it needs.

The report suggests three areas for business leaders to address to realize the IoT value proposition:

  • Strengthen Analytics Capabilities -- Because IoT devices typically create a need to manage unprecedented volumes of data, and because the standards and infrastructure that support IoT devices are at an early stage, managers should take seriously the importance of improving their access to strong analytics capabilities.
  • Prepare to Share -- Because sharing data is such a strong feature of managing IoT devices, many companies will need to develop new data-sharing practices. Identifying which practices are best for an organization is one issue to address, but equally important will be identifying who is responsible for developing, monitoring, and adjusting these practices. Identify and analyze material issues and create alignment within the organization to ensure an integrated response;
  • Prepare the Market -- Some consumers may be willing to pay a premium for certain types of IoT devices but not for others. Indeed, some consumers may not want IoT versions of a given device at all (think blenders!). Supporting the demand for IoT devices and understanding it over time may be more complicated than for other types of products.

Join the authors of the IoT report on September 22, 11 AM ET for a free, live webinar and Q&A. Register for the webinar now.

About MIT Sloan Management Review
MIT Sloan Management Review leads the discourse among academic researchers, business executives, and other influential thought leaders about advances in management practice, particularly those shaped by technology, that are transforming how people lead and innovate. MIT SMR disseminates new management research and innovative ideas so that thoughtful executives can capitalize on the opportunities generated by rapid organizational, technological, and societal change.

About Teradata
Teradata empowers companies to achieve high-impact business outcomes. Our focus on business solutions for analytics, coupled with our industry leading technology and architecture expertise, can unleash the potential of great companies. Visit teradata.com.

Fanatical Support and 100 Percent Uptime Guarantee Helps Ensure Optimal Performance for Customers

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Rackspace® (NYSE: RAX) today announced the release of Managed Application Services for Microsoft® Azure®. This new offering introduces Rackspace's premium Fanatical Support® to customers operating the Sitecore Experience Platform on Azure. Managed Application Services for Microsoft Azure also supports a full range of other digital applications, including Magento®, SAP® Hybris®, Oracle® Commerce, Adobe® Experience Manager, and custom Java® and .Net applications running on Azure. Adding premium, 24x7x365 application expertise and operations support on top of the Azure platform helps Rackspace ensure customers' ecommerce and web sites deliver optimal performance and reliability. 

Managing digital and other mission-critical applications can be extremely complex and time intensive. Many businesses lack the internal resources and expertise needed to effectively architect the right solution for maximum performance, and to monitor and troubleshoot issues across the network, infrastructure and application layers. The new Managed Application Services offering will provide customers with 24x7 access to application and Microsoft Azure experts, which will help companies enhance their app's performance. These new services allow customers to leverage the benefits of Azure, while receiving the results-obsessed Fanatical Support that they are used to across their Rackspace, Azure and hybrid cloud environments.

"Delivering Managed Application Services to a growing number of businesses running digital applications on top of Microsoft Azure allows us to address a significant need in the market," said Kyle Metcalf, general manager for Rackspace Digital. "Managing the full range of digital applications requires deep expertise. By bringing our Fanatical Support up the stack to the application layer, we're able to provide unprecedented value to digital customers on Azure. These customers can now sleep comfortably each night knowing that Rackspace is watching their sites and helping ensure their valuable applications are always operating optimally."

The Managed Application Services for Microsoft Azure offering features:

  • 100 Percent Production Platform Uptime Guarantee -- Gives customers the peace of mind to know that their mission-critical applications will always be up and running when operating on a well-architected compute environment.
  • 24x7 Expertise -- Customers do not have to hire Azure and application experts, as these valuable resources are on staff 24x7 at Rackspace, freeing up the customer's IT team to focus on more strategic initiatives.
  • Advanced Monitoring -- Customers have access to leading Application Performance Management (APM) tools to monitor the health of their environment and the performance of their application. 

"We are excited about the value that the Managed Application Services offering will bring to customers running Sitecore® on Microsoft Azure," said Darren Guarnaccia, EVP, Customer Experience, Sitecore. "As a Platinum Technology Sitecore partner, Rackspace has the expertise customers demand and is ideally suited to bring an enhanced level of application support to our customers, helping them deliver on the promise of context marketing." 

The Managed Application Services for Microsoft Azure offering will be available for Rackspace customers across all regions in October. For more information, please visit www.rackspace.com/mas.

About Rackspace

Rackspace (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, helps businesses tap the power of cloud computing without the complexity and cost of managing it on their own. Rackspace engineers deliver specialized expertise, easy-to-use tools, and Fanatical Support® for leading technologies developed by AWS, Google, Microsoft, OpenStack, VMware and others. The company serves customers in 120 countries, including more than half of the FORTUNE 100. Rackspace was named a leader in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting, and has been honored by Fortune, Forbes, and others as one of the best companies to work for. Learn more at www.rackspace.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of Rackspace Hosting could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including any statements concerning expected development, performance or market acceptance associated with Managed Application Services to Microsoft Azure anticipated operational and financial benefits from Managed Application Services to Microsoft Azure; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions including the possibility that expected benefits from Managed Application Services to Microsoft Azure may not materialize because this product is not generally accepted in the marketplace, which could occur due to certain factors including (i) a failure to market the product cost effectively, differentiate the product from competitive products or communicate differentiations effectively, (ii) the reliability, quality or compatibility associated with the product, (iii) changes in technology which adversely effect the product's benefit, (iv) slowdowns in the general economy or technology industry that impact consumer spending habits, (v) internal strategy decisions that impact the product, and (vi) other risks that are described in Rackspace Hosting's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 filed with the SEC on August 9, 2016. Except as required by law, Rackspace Hosting assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements publicly, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Sunday, 18 September 2016 00:00

Measure BCMS Alignment to ISO 22301

Understand the Requirements of ISO 22301
Measure BCM Program Alignment with ISO 22301
ICOR Verification of ISO 22301 Program Alignment
 How Closely is Your Organization's BCM Program Aligned to ISO 22301?


Wondering how your BCM program aligns to ISO 22301?

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New Course!  BCM 1000:  ISO 22301 Assessor 

Learn how to align your BCM program to the requirements of ISO 22301. Gain an understanding of the key practices of a business continuity management system for organizations of all sizes and the essential elements of the following standards: ISO 22301, ISO 22313, ISO 19011, ISO 17022. 


Using the ISO 22301 Maturity Model as a tool for measuring alignment to ISO 22301, attendees receive an electronic copy of the self-assessment tool as part of the workshop fee. The workshop also includes a review of the ISO 22301 self-declaration of conformity process. The ISO 22301 Maturity Model sells for $995.00 and is included in the workshop fee. The workshop reviews the following topics:

  • Part 1: Requirements for a Business Continuity Management System

  • Part 2: Developing Strategies to Mitigate Risk and Continue Operations

  • Part 3: BCM Program Implementation

  • Part 4: BCM Program Validation

 eLearning Now Available!  Register Here

Cost:  $995.00 


Measure Alignment to ISO 22301 and Identify Gaps:  ISO 22301 Maturity Model  

ICOR has developed the  ISO 22301 Maturity Model that organizations can use to self-assess the capability and maturity of their Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) using the International Standard ISO 22301 as a reference.  The ISO 22301 Maturity Model excel tool was created using the Virtual Business Continuity Maturity Model as a reference.   Cost:  $995.00  Purchase 


Determination of an ICOR verified Self-Declaration of Conformity

In collaboration with DHS, FEMA, ANAB, NQA, Orion and others, ICOR has created a process to formally recognize an organization's Self-Declaration of Conformity to ISO 22301.  This process is intended to support and promote eventual third-party certification by providing organizations a tool to improve their Business Continuity Management (BCM) programs and to conform to ISO 22301 requirements.


The ICOR Self-Declaration of Conformity (SDoC) to ISO 22301 is available to organizations of all sizes globally.  It is a process where an organization declares formally that its Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) meets the requirements of ISO 22301:  Societal Security - Business Continuity Management Systems - Requirements.


Determination of meeting the requirements is based on a combination of the following scores and criteria:

  1. Completion and submission of ISO 22301 Maturity Model with a minimum overall score of 2.5 with no single competency area scoring less than 2.0.  3.0 is a perfect score.
  2. Successful completion of Biographical Data and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
  3. Successful completion of BCMS Information and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
  4. Submission of Required Documents or "Proofs" and review by ISO 22301 Auditor
Upon successful completion of the online application (including completion of the ISO 22301 Maturity Model) your application will be evaluated by an ISO 22301 Lead Auditor with credentials earned from ICOR, BSI, or PECB.  Estimated time for evaluation is less than 30 days.   

If your application is verified, your organization's self-declaration of conformity will be listed on the ICOR SDoC webpage.  In addition, your organization will receive a certificate verifying your self-declaration and may use the ISO 22301 SDoC "mark" as evidence of the ICOR verification.  Verification is valid for 3 years. 


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ISO 22301 Maturity Model only:  $995.00 USD 

ISO 22301 Application:  $2,495.00 USD (Includes Maturity Model)  

Sunday, 18 September 2016 00:00

BCI: The riskiest countries in the world



Inadequate infrastructure and weak logistic chains substantially increase the risk that an extreme natural event will become a disaster. This is a core finding of the World Risk Report 2016, produced by the Institute for Environment and Human Security at the United Nations University and the Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft – Gemeinsam für Menschen in Not, in cooperation with the University of Stuttgart.

Nature cannot be controlled and humans can only influence to a limited degree whether, and with what intensity, natural events are to occur. But they can take precautions to help prevent a natural event from becoming a disaster. It is this vulnerability of a society that forms the basis for the World Risk Index, which calculates the disaster risk by multiplying vulnerability with exposure to natural hazards (cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, foods, and sea-level rise). This risk is especially high wherever natural events hit vulnerable societies. While a low level of vulnerability is not a guaranteed protection against disasters, it can reduce the risk.

Societal factors, such as nutrition, medical services and governance, decide to a large extent whether a natural hazard becomes a disaster,” said Dr. Torsten Welle, Senior Scientist at IREUS. “But through targeted interventions the impacts of disasters can be reduced and important lessons can be learned from recognized weaknesses.

The index assesses the risk of disaster in 171 countries and the island state of Vanuatu once again displays the greatest risk. The United Kingdom comes in at 131st place, while the United States is 127th, Canada is 145th and Australia is 121st.

The top ten countries with the highest risk according to the report are:

  1. Vanuatu
  2. Tonga
  3. Philippines
  4. Guatemala
  5. Bangladesh
  6. Solomon Islands
  7. Brunei Darussalam
  8. Costa Rica
  9. Cambodia
  10. Papua New Guinea

The top ten countries with the lowest risk according to the report are:

  1. Qatar
  2. Malta
  3. Saudi Arabia
  4. Barbados
  5. Grenada
  6. Iceland
  7. Bahrain
  8. Kiribati
  9. United Arab Emirates
  10. Sweden

The risk of disasters remains high in 2016. From 1980 onwards, a significant increase was recorded in the number of reported disaster events worldwide. Estimated damage levels continue to reach new peaks. And while this trend has been on a downward trajectory since 2012, this could change at any time. The 2015 statistics are a stark reminder that there is still an urgent need for action despite this decline: The United Nations recorded 346 reported disasters, more than 22,000 deaths, almost 100 million affected persons and economic damage totalling approximately US $66.5 billion.

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