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CAMPBELL, Calif. - Nexsan®, a global leader in unified storage solutions, today announced it will showcase its UNITY™ platform, the industry's first unified storage solution with secure enterprise file sync and share, at the upcoming VMworld 2016 (August 28 - September 1, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada). 
 
Visitors to Nexsan Booth #620 will have the opportunity to see first-hand how UNITY delivers superior business productivity and data mobility in a single platform, at a single price.  The Nexsan VMworld UNITY exhibit will demonstrate how to:
 
-        Get back on premises with private cloud - users get instant access to data without compromising compliance or privacy policies with UNITY's patented peer-to-peer technology.
-        Seamlessly connect your workforce - put corporate data where employees need to work, and easily control and grant permissions via UNITY's patented Active Directory. 
-        Get large files in a flash - No VPN.  No FTP.  No downtime.  Get the performance and value of DRAM and flash all in one economic filter. 
-        Scale as you grow - all the storage you need and access where you need it - start with as little as 13TBs and scale up to 5 PBs per system.
-        Synchronize files across multiple sites - ensure built-in disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity.
-        Reduce costs, eliminate fees - the no-fee alternative to public cloud storage.
 
IT professionals that wish to schedule a personalized product demo during VMworld, can do so here: https://www.nexsan.com/vmworld-landing-page.

For further information on VMworld 2016, please visit: https://www.vmworld.com/en/us/index.html  
 
Tweet this:  .@VMworld news: @Nexsan to Showcase UNITY Unified Storage w/ Secure Enterprise File Sync & Share #VMworld Booth 620 https://www.nexsan.com/nexsan-news/
 
About Nexsan
Nexsan™ is a global leader in unified storage solutions that are focused on seamlessly and securely enabling a connected workforce. Its broad solution portfolio empowers enterprises to securely manage, protect and utilize valuable business data - while allowing users to sync, share and access files from any device, anywhere, anytime. Headquartered in Campbell, California, Nexsan is a wholly owned company held by Imation Corp.(NYSE:IMN). For further information, please visit: www.nexsan.com.
 
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Nexsan, the Nexsan logo, Connected Data, the Connected Data logo, Transporter, E-Series, NST, AutoMAID, Assureon and UNITY are trademarks or registered trademarks of Imation Corp. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Alpha Media USA is supporting the American Red Cross in its relief efforts for victims of the Louisiana Floods. Alpha Media stations across the United States are asking listeners to donate to the Red Cross to provide relief to those affected by the recent flooding.

 

The Red Cross continues to help thousands of people impacted by the flooding in Louisiana where the situation remains dire. More rain is possible and flood waters are moving downriver, which could cause damage in new areas. The Red Cross is closely monitoring the situation, and will be ready to mount an additional response if necessary.

 

Alpha Media Portland Operations Manager and former Baton Rouge resident Bruce Collins commented on the announcement, “We are honored and privileged as a media company to participate in helping the thousands of people in the Baton Rouge area who suffered from this catastrophic flooding event. A very sincere, special thank you to all of our listeners who are helping those who have lost so much.”

 

Donations are urgently needed. To help those affected by the Louisiana Floods visit www.redcross.orgor call 1-800-RED CROSS. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters big and small.

 

The official Alpha Media donation page can be found at http://www.redcross.org/cm/alphamedia-pub.

Alpha Media, headquartered in Portland, Oregon owns or operates 251 radio stations within 51 markets across the United States covering all formats including Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Spanish, Urban, News Talk, Sports, Rock, Country and more. In addition to the radio stations, Alpha Media owns the intimate performance venues, Skype Live Studio in Portland, Oregon and Alamo Lounge in San Antonio, Texas.

Minimizes the Cost of Migration By Dropping Labor-Intensive Pre-Migration Configurations
 
Washington, D.C. Metalogix, the premier provider of unified software to migrate, manage and secure content across enterprise collaboration platforms, today announced that Content Matrix™ version 8.1, the most powerful tool for Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365 migration and management, is the first solution to support Microsoft's Online Provider Migration Containers for minimizing migration configurations.
 
The announcement showcases Metalogix's continued leadership by keeping pace with Microsoft's focus on removing the barriers for migrating to SharePoint Online. Together with Metalogix's unique Distributed Migration process, Content Matrix v8.1 is the only solution that alleviates manual processes, ensures optimal performance and delivers configuration integrity during content migration into SharePoint and Office 365, on-premises and into the cloud.
 
"Content Matrix v8.1's enhancements reflect our unrivaled experience with helping organizations successfully migrate to SharePoint and Office 365," said Trevor Hellebuyck, Chief Technology Officer, Metalogix. "For instance, simplification and optimization are always key goals in any IT environment, and Online Provider Migration Containers enable users to simplify design and reduce the barriers to Office 365 migrations." 
 
Now, during the migration, users will by default have their content encrypted by Metalogix Content Matrix and deposited into a container provisioned by Microsoft at no extra charge without any extra configuration.  This will convert the migration API to the default behavior for all users during the Office 365 migration -- helping to combat any concerns around performance or configuration.
 
Last year, Microsoft released its Azure Migration API, which enabled content migration to SharePoint Online with up to 20 times over the original performance speed. Content Matrix v7 was one of the first to support the API, which helped reduce the time of migrations. Yet, configuring systems to support that API required additional cost and labor.
 
Recently, Microsoft released SharePoint Online Provided Migration Containers, which provides a storage mechanism for every Office 365 tenant and reduces migration API configuration to almost zero. Combined with the Azure Migration API, organizations moving to SharePoint Online or Office 365 with Content Matrix v8.1 will experience less pre-migration preparation and increased migration speed to the cloud.
 
Distribution Migration
Content Matrix v8.1's Distributed Migration feature alleviates manual efforts necessary to maximize migration performance through the use multiple simultaneous migrations.
 
This new feature allows a user to establish a base machine (Controller) that remotely links with a set of other machines (Agents) in the back-end.  Together, with Content Matrix, this facilitates the planning of multiple migrations, queuing them up and distributing them as necessary. This gives IT teams the ability to utilize as many machines as can be committed to the migration effort regardless of the volume of accounts or data. Distributed Migration continues to use Content Matrix's industry leading methodology of connecting directly to the SharePoint database.
 
"We designed Distributed Migration based on our experience with large-scale, large volume organizations that needed to successfully migrate massive content databases in record timeframes," continued Hellebuyck. "Through the parallel processing of migration jobs, we enable much greater utilization and better workload throughput. Ultimately we reduce the inherent risks of a migration and assist in finishing your project on-time and on-budget."
 
To learn more and/or request a free trial, please visit: http://www.metalogix.com/Products/Content-Matrix.aspx.
 
Tweet this: .@Microsoft #SharePoint & #O365 #container support and distribution #migration available for 1st time ever http://www.metalogix.com/About/News.aspx/2016 
 
About Metalogix
Metalogix is the premier provider of unified management software to migrate, manage and secure content across enterprise collaboration platforms. Over 20,000 clients trust Metalogix to optimize the availability, performance, and security of their content across the collaboration lifecycle. For more information visit us at www.metalogix.comor call us at +1 202.609.9100.
 
Metalogix is a registered trademark of Metalogix, Inc. All other trademarks used are the property of the respective trademark owners.
The Business Continuity Institute - Aug 22, 2016 16:46 BST

Recently SunGard Availability Solutions released their availability trends report. One of the more significant stats shows a marked decline in the number of invocations - during 2015 there were just seven across in the UK (that's at Sungard sites, of course). In fact, over a 10 year period the number of invocations has gone down by 90%. But like most statistics, it raises more questions than answers, such as:

Question 1: is business continuity overhyped? Bear in mind this is taken from an overall population of several hundred if not thousands of customers in the UK, so seven is a tiny proportion. So do we have to ask ourselves is all this fuss about business continuity 'over the top'?

Question 2: is it because we are getting better at business continuity? Another explanation of the downward trend in invocations could be is that we are getting better at business continuity - that's why we are having less failures. Remember Year 2000? When it went off with hardly an incident there was a general outcry that it was all a damp squib and that the risk had been completely exaggerated. But maybe all the testing and systems upgrades that had gone on before mitigated the risks. So, in this context, we are invoking less because we are doing better at business continuity. (Unfortunately surveys on the state of organizations' business continuity plans don't reflect this - there is still significant inertia in this area).

So, as regards the statistics in the Sungard report, is there a signal in the noise or is the signal just noise?

IMHO, here's what I think is happening:

We are becoming more resilient without knowing it. Cloud, virtualization and remote working technologies, investments in national infrastructure and a trend towards 'stuff as a service' are creating a level of resilience that was not there before. In other words, industry development and strategic choices in the way we run IT and communications on a business as usual basis are making individual organisations more resilient as a result.

So where does this leave business continuity people - should they be looking for new pastures? Will the BCM function become irrelevant? I think the answer is 'no' although adaptation is inevitable because the landscape is changing. I believe we will shift our focus from following the traditional process based approach of creating BIAs, Dependencies, Departmental 'plans' to an approach of developing and assuring overarching strategies for maintaining operational resilience and protecting the 'customer experience'.

The real message coming out of SunGard's report is that things are changing and we need to respond to that.

Steve Dance is the managing partner of RiskCentric, which specialises in the automation and rapid deployment of compliance and standards management systems.

While secondary data center markets don’t often garner headlines, they certainly must be profitable.

Since 2000, Charlotte-based Peak 10 has evolved with its customers to provide infrastructure, cloud, and managed services. The company has national partner alliances and continues to expand service and support offices. However, Peak 10 remains focused on serving small and medium-sized enterprise with 27 data centers located in 10 secondary markets.

In 2014, the company was sold to GI Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in companies that lead in “fragmented or overlooked markets” and can grow via acquisition. In other words, strong consolidators in secondary markets.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/08/22/peak-10-finds-winning-formula-in-tier-2-data-center-markets/

Monday, 22 August 2016 00:00

Playing the Long Game with Short-Timers

Though rebounding job numbers are no doubt a positive development for the nation and economy, they actually pose a mixed blessing for corporations and business enterprises.

Why? When employees succeed in finding a new job someplace else, their job performance and commitment often lag after they’ve given notice. In a sense, it’s human nature to take your foot off the gas and your eyes off the road when you’ve a new destination in mind. Furthermore, it’s likely that the professional leaving no longer considers the brand and reputation of the organization his/her priority. And, like a distracted or disinterested driver, that lack of attention and care may result in some serious damage — to their duties and to the reputation and brand of their employer.

That’s why I believe focusing on “conduct risk,” or “culture risk,” should be placed near the top of a business’ priority list. In my experience leading a division focused on corporate risk-sensing and reputation management, I’ve observed a “90/10” rule: that 90 percent of the hazardous workplace and professional behaviors arise or are magnified when an employee has set their sights on a new job and their focus dips.

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http://corporatecomplianceinsights.com/playing-long-game-short-timers/

Forgive me for overusing the term “convergence” but when the shoe fits, I say “wear it.”   If you are managing corporate risks and responsible for securing export licenses, ensuring that you are complying with OFAC sanctions requirements, interacting with customs and immigration officials around the globe, and conducting third party due diligence to onboard a new agent or distributor, , there is no question that there should be “convergence” among the various functions responsible for managing these risks.

Unfortunately, companies do not necessarily organize around efficiencies when creating procedures, and very often you will see a department responsible for export and sanctions compliance functions separate from the anti-corruption function. By ignoring some practical benefits, companies may be losing administrative efficiencies.

I am not suggesting that there is a substantive overlap but it appears to me that some of the information collection and analysis for compliance in these areas does overlap.

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http://blog.volkovlaw.com/2016/08/anti-corruption-sanctions-export-import-risks/

(TNS) - At first, it seemed like nothing more than a good late-summer rain.

But hard rain kept falling late Friday night, and soon the calls started coming in to Butler County, Kan.,  Emergency Management.

“They were saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got water over here and water over here,’ and I was, like, ‘We’ve never had water there before,’ ” said Jim Schmidt, Butler County Emergency Management director.

Rain gauges near Rose Hill indicated more than 9 inches of rain fell in the area over the span of a couple of hours, spawning flash flooding that swept vehicles off rural roads in the black of night.

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Torrential-rains-trigger-unprecedented-flooding.html

Cyberattacks have become so common that they tend to fade from view. But for head-in-the-sand executives who believe they have better ways of spending their time and money, here’s a wake-up call.

The attacks keep coming. They’re getting more sophisticated. And in spite of all the advancements the cybersecurity technology community is making, the bad guys continue to have the edge.

Here are just a few of the more notable cybersecurity dangers to hit the news in just the last week. Ignore them – and all the others – at your peril.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2016/08/20/five-cybersecurity-dangers-to-worry-about-this-week/#56449dca51d3

(TNS) - At least five people, including two local residents and three tourists, have contracted Zika virus from mosquitoes in Miami Beach, Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday as he identified a 1.5-square-mile zone of active transmission in the heart of the region’s tourism engine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention quickly followed up with a new travel advisory for pregnant women, telling them to consider avoiding “all non-essential travel” to all of Miami-Dade County due to evidence of widespread transmission of Zika, which can cause birth defects.

“If you’re concerned about Zika,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said, “you may consider postponing all non-essential travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County.”

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/health/Five-Zika-cases-in-Miami-Beach-CDC-advises-pregnant-women-to-stay-away.html