With the Northern Hemisphere now in the midst of hurricane, typhoon and cyclone season, many businesses have emergency plans in place, plywood to board the windows, and generators at the ready. But a new study from economists Solomon M. Hsiang of Berkeley and Amir S. Jina of Columbia, “The Causal Effect of Environmental Catastrophe on Long-Run Economic Growth,” found it is far more difficult for the overall economy to weather the storm.
As Rebecca J. Rosen explained in The Atlantic, economists previously had four competing hypotheses about the impact of destructive storms: “Such a disaster might permanently set a country back; it might temporarily derail growth only to get back on course down the road; it might lead to even greater growth, as new investment pours in to replace destroyed assets; or, possibly, it might get even better, not only stimulating growth but also ridding the country of whatever outdated infrastructure was holding it back.”
After looking at 6,712 cyclones, typhoons, and hurricanes that occurred between 1950 and 2008 and the subsequent economic outcomes of the countries they struck, Hsiang and Jina were able to decisively strike down most of these hypotheses. “There is no creative destruction,” Jina said. “These disasters hit us and [their effects] sit around for a couple of decades.”
In 2012, when Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast, thousands of residents were displaced from their homes. In wake of the panic and chaos, Airbnb, an online platform where people list and book accommodations around the world, saw an opportunity to leverage its existing services for neighbors to help neighbors. During the disaster, 1,400 Airbnb hosts — who typically collect payment for accommodations — opened their homes and cooked meals for those left stranded.
After Sandy, Airbnb reached out to the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management to share what it learned and discuss how it could reach a broader audience during an emergency. Simultaneously, the company was in discussions with officials in Portand, Ore., about an initiative to help civic leaders and community members work together to create a more shareable and livable city.
Company's 97th Patent Describes Improvements to Snapshot Performance for Faster System Recovery
LONGMONT, Colo. – Dot Hill Systems Corp. (Nasdaq:HILL), a trusted supplier of innovative enterprise-class storage systems, today announced innovative technology described in its latest addition to its patent portfolio - a new innovation that improves snapshot performance in storage arrays.
Generated by Dot Hill's AssuredSnap™ snapshot software, which is part of the company's Data Management Services (DMS) suite, snapshots are versatile and extremely useful tools for backup and data recovery operations. By reducing the number of operations required to access snapshot metadata, the invention disclosed in Dot Hill's 97th US patent, numbered 8,751,467, improves storage controller performance when using data snapshots, which can result in faster system recovery.
Traditionally, when an application on a storage controller wants to access snapshot data from a storage system, the application first needs to retrieve the storage device's snapshot metadata. The status quo approach of accessing metadata is inefficient since it involves multiple steps of copying cache pages. Using Dot Hill's patented approach the application can use the cache page address to access the metadata. A second application is allowed to access the cache page and can also update the metadata in this approach. After the application finishes its update, cache pages are mirrored to the remote system and written back to the appropriate storage devices. This patented approach streamlines the data recovery process.
"Our customers run demanding applications that require high-performance storage with rock-solid reliability," said Ken Day, chief technology officer, Dot Hill. "Besides providing 99.999 percent data availability in all our AssuredSAN storage systems, we never stop innovating to set ourselves apart from the competition. Dot Hill's growing patent portfolio is a reflection of a world-class engineering team that develops highly differentiated storage solutions."
Dot Hill's patent portfolio builds on the extensive intellectual property behind Dot Hill AssuredSAN and AssuredSAN Pro solutions, which deliver rock-solid, wicked-fast solutions to customers and OEM partners. Dot Hill's continuous innovation benefits the company's key vertical market customers in the Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, Oil & Gas, Big Data & Analytics and Digital Imaging sectors, that require high-performing storage to support demanding applications.
About Dot Hill
Leveraging its proprietary Assured family of storage solutions, Dot Hill solves many of today's most challenging storage problems - helping IT to improve performance, increase availability, simplify operations, and reduce costs. Dot Hill's solutions combine breakthrough software with the industry's most flexible and extensive hardware platform and automated management to deliver best-in-class solutions. Headquartered in Longmont, Colo., Dot Hill has offices and/or representatives in China, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
For more information, visit us at www.dothill.com.
Over a series of articles, Hilary Estall, Director of Perpetual Solutions, will be discussing subject areas aimed at those managing a business continuity management system (BCMS) and in particular, those systems certified to ISO 22301. With her pragmatic approach to management systems and auditing in particular, Hilary will offer an insight into areas not widely discussed but still important for the ongoing success of a BCMS.
In the second article of the series, Hilary Estall looks at what’s involved when a certified BCMS reaches its recertification point. What does this mean and what’s involved?
In this article I demystify the process of recertification; the procedure undertaken by certification bodies every third year in the cycle of management system certification. I identify how an organization should prepare and the process of recertification itself. Is it just another audit or is there more to it?
If your organization has a certified business continuity management system (BCMS) you will know that in order to retain it, your certification body will carry out periodical audits. You will also know that when you first achieved certification and were issued with your certificate, it had an expiry date on it, three years hence*. What are the implications of this expiry date and how should you prepare for ‘renewal’?
When it comes to data restoration, addressing deleted mailboxes or emails is the most common request of IT administrators, according to new survey data from Kroll Ontrack.
When asked how often they receive requests for data restoration, 61 percent of the nearly 200 Ontrack PowerControls customers surveyed across EMEA, North America and APAC report they receive up to five email related restoration requests a month, with an additional 11 percent claiming up to 10 times a month.
In Europe, the second most common data restoration need was disaster recovery (16 percent), followed by missing data (12 percent). In the US, the second most common data restoration need was collection of electronic data for ediscovery (21 percent), followed by consolidating data from older to new applications to eliminate legacy servers (15 percent).
Requests for data restoration came from all departments across an organization, with 24 percent stemming from the internal legal department, 22 percent coming from IT security and 15 percent originating from sales and marketing. Why do these people need their email and documents back? 45 percent of IT administrator respondents note that employees request their email and documents back because they were accidentally deleted. Internal investigations (17 percent) ranked as the second most common source of restoration requests.
Historically, vendor solutions for disaster recovery have been created for on-site use for individual enterprises. The client company concerned was the sole owner of the user data involved, and disaster recovery could be implemented without having to worry about anybody else. The cloud computing model changes that situation. It’s possible to use cloud services to have your own dedicated servers and instances of applications, or to share physical space but still have your own application (as in multi-instance setups). However, multi-tenancy (perhaps the defining feature of cloud architectures) makes the application of disaster recovery solutions rather more delicate.
We talk about Big Data and, now, Small Data as if it’s always clear with which you’re dealing. Big Data means volume, variety or velocity (or all three) and small data is structured and everything else.
Of course, the reality isn’t always so binary, according to a panel of medical and pharmaceutical experts at the recent MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium.
SearchCIO.com covered the event, and, in a recent article, shared a few lessons from the panel’s trial-and-error approach to dealing with data variety. Mark Schreiber’s experience is a perfect example.
Codenomicon's discovery of OpenSSL's "Heartbleed" flaw this past spring highlighted the increasing importance of source code assurance and quality control as software grows in prominence in daily life. The Heartbleed memory leak opened the door for infiltrators to obtain passwords and security keys to decode encrypted data — a vulnerability that allegedly still threatens enterprise systems months after its discovery, according to a recent report.
(MCT) — Karen Windon still gets chills when she thinks back on Hurricane Charley.
"We were right in the cross-hairs for a long time as Charley barreled up the Gulf of Mexico," Windon recalled Tuesday.
Windon, now a deputy administrator for Manatee County, Fla., was the county's public safety director in 2004.
"For me, it was a mixture of tense moments, and swelling pride, knowing we had such a committed team at the emergency operations center at that time," Windon said.
Although Manatee County escaped much of Charley's fury, with a historic right turn that directed it northeast through Punta Gorda and Arcadia on Aug. 13, 2004, it proved to be a game changer.
It changed the local public perception of hurricanes from something to ride out to knowing there could be a dangerous killer on the loose. And Charley put emergency managers on notice that they needed to step up their games.
Manatee County officials got serious about building a stand-alone, hardened emergency operations center that could withstand such natural disaster as a hurricane. Officials moved ahead with plans for a new Public Safety Center that might otherwise have languished on a wish list for years.