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DENVER, Colo. – Faction, an enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud provider offering hybrid and multi-cloud solutions, announces today that BluePrint Information Management and Security Services, Inc. (BIMASS), an information technology and cyber security service provider, is now reselling Faction Cloud services. As a Faction reseller, BIMASS will offer the Faction cloud service portfolio to its customers, which includes flexible and fully customizable cloud building blocs for hybrid environments, dedicated, private plug-and-play Layer 2 Direct Connect network topology and direct access to Faction's Advanced Solutions Team for hands-on design and support. Through the Faction partnership, BIMASS provides its clients a more robust, secure and cost effective IT solution backed by a 100% availability SLA and hands-on support to its end users.

As experts in the security industry, BIMASS requires a flexible infrastructure with 100% uptime and high availability. BIMASS's security and disaster recovery services are designed to help clients meet their compliance requirements without having to invest in it themselves, which lowers their costs and increases efficiency at the same time. The company leverages Faction to support its security-as-a-service practice and works in lockstep with the Faction team to design resilient solutions for its clients, across a wide array of industries, including healthcare, retail, energy, mechanical, and government.

"BIMASS was looking for a cloud platform that not only had the technical expertise, but also the sales and marketing resources that would help us optimize our customer engagements," comments Kevin Baker, President of BluePrint Information Management and Security Services. "We know that with Faction, we are partnering with a cloud provider that powers our brand and extends our reach via its multiple locations, throughout North America. The entire Faction team is very responsive and instills a high level of confidence that we made the right choice by partnering with them."

"By partnering with Faction, service providers such as BIMASS don't have to build out their own cloud practice, so they can resell cloud in just days and save substantially on the overhead with IT resources and staff," states Luke Norris, Chief Executive Officer of Faction. "This dynamic helps our service providers achieve an advantage over their competitors who have to maintain costly infrastructures. In addition to reselling, our partners can also use the Faction cloud internally to support their own IT environments and gain an instant presence in eight cloud node geographies globally. We are thrilled that BIMASS finds high value in Faction, and we look forward to working closely on customer deployments, identifying new clients for them and helping them build a robust portfolio of services."

Purpose-built for enterprises, Faction cloud nodes are located in Type II SSAE 16 SOC 2, HIPAA compliant and PCI capable locations in eight geographies across the U.S. and Europe.

For more information on Faction, please visit http://www.factioninc.com.

About Faction
Faction is an enterprise-class IaaS cloud provider offering private, public, & hybrid cloud solutions. Faction supplies cloud the way service providers, partners and customers want it with extreme performance, deep control, and broad customization capabilities. No compromises. No exceptions. Faction is 100% service provider-centric and provides the resources, tools and expertise that result in value for the end-user. 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 Hybrid Cloud® and Iaas® Powered. Join the Faction Fold. Learn more at www.factioninc.com or (855) 532-4734. Follow us on Twitter (@FactionInc) and LinkedIn.

About BIMASS
BluePrint Information Management and Security Services, Inc. (BIMASS) is a trusted information technology and cyber security service provider. BIMASS provides secure cloud services, secure hardware and software solutions and professional services to our customers located in North America and the Caribbean, based on a thorough understanding of their business environment and organizational goals. Both Government and commercial organizations rely on BIMASS to deliver solutions that leverages and goes beyond industry standard offerings. Learn more at www.bimass.com or (770) 954-7395. Follow us on Twitter (@bimass1).

Transforming Risk Query Capability – Cutting Build and Execution Time From Weeks to Minutes

LONDON – Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE: VMEM), a global pioneer of award-winning all-flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, and Stream Financial today announced the launch of FlashSync. The Data Portal Appliance will provide the most advanced industry solution to achieve ultra-high performance access to and interrogation of multiple data sources using a single schema.

FlashSync has been designed to address a range of use cases in Financial Markets including intra-day risk management; BCBS239 reporting; internal & external stress testing; VaR aggregation; contingent liability modelling; and crisis reporting.

The solution comprises Stream Financial's Data Fusion federated query software running on high performance servers, accelerated with Violin Memory's enterprise Flash Storage Platform solutions.

FlashSync is unique in what it offers to investment banks, with live data from existing databases being accessed, data lineage can be fully tracked and firms can leverage their existing investment in data platforms, rather than having to build new application or regulation-specific data warehouses based on replicated data.

By adopting this solution, banks gain extremely high performance access to relevant subsets of distributed data sources, allowing them to query operational systems directly without impacting the performance of those systems.

Stephen Taylor, CEO of Stream Financial, commented, "Where firms have previously spent weeks building new queries, we are able to build multi-source queries on demand, enabling ultra-fast aggregations to be performed on billions of rows of granular data from disparate golden data sources through a single portal." He added, "Interrogating the data is exponentially faster -- minutes instead of days -- or seconds rather than hours." 

Tony King, Financial Services Sales Manager at Violin Memory, says, "Violin's all flash array solutions have been deployed globally in some of the most demanding customer environments. This kind of packaged solution benefits massively from Violin's high performance capability." He added, "FlashSync is a great example of the type of solution that will enable financial services companies to effectively manage some of the most critical compliance and regulatory challenges. We are very excited to be an integral part of this ground-breaking offering".

To find out more or request a demonstration of the capabilities of FlashSync, please visit http://www.violin-memory.com/FlashSync/

About Violin Memory

Business in a Flash. Violin Memory, the industry pioneer in All Flash Arrays, is the agile innovator, transforming the speed of business with enterprise-grade data services software on its leadership Flash Storage Platforms™. Violin Concerto™ OS 7 delivers complete data protection and data reduction services and consistent high performance in a storage operating system fully integrated with Violin's patented Flash Fabric Architecture™ for cloud, enterprise and virtualized business and mission-critical storage applications. Violin Flash Storage Platforms are designed for primary storage applications at costs below traditional hard disk arrays and accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings while helping customers build the next generation data center. Violin Flash Storage Platforms and All Flash Arrays enhance business agility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

For more information - http://www.violin-memory.com/FlashSync/

About Stream Financial

Stream Financial provides solutions to complex business problems using its DataFusion product to provide high performance and scalable data virtualization.

For more information - http://www.stream-financial.com/

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sureline Systems, a leader in cloud migration and Disaster Recovery to Cloud solutions, is pleased to announce its partnership with InterVision Systems Technologies Inc., a leading integrator of technology solutions, founded in 1993, for distribution of its flagship product SUREedge®. The agreement, allows InterVision to offer Sureline's Solution to its customers across the US.

Sureline has selected InterVision as its partner, due to the organization's specialized expertise in providing IT solutions, infrastructure and services for the cloud ecosystem (private, hybrid and public), allowing customers to achieve the full potential of a Software Defined Data Center.

SUREedge's ability to migrate workloads from any physical system, virtual machine or Cloud to any public or private Cloud or a remote Datacenter makes it an ideal solution for application migration and disaster recovery for Intervision's customers. SUREedge uses minimal bandwidth and transmits data securely protecting customer information while reducing the time necessary to move the data. SUREdge can move a few or many hundreds or thousands of physical servers or VMs for migration and disaster recovery leveraging a simplified process for planning, capturing, replicating and recovering data thus reducing risk inherent in these projects.

Jeff Kaiser, Chairman and Founder, InterVision Systems Technologies Inc. said: "Sureline will be a great addition to our solutions offerings for hybrid and public clouds. They allow us to get customers migrated to new environments securely and in less time than other options."

"We are pleased to have InterVision as a premier partner," said Ravi Goyal, Chairman and Co-founder, Sureline Systems, "Their expertise in Cloud and enterprise solutions will ensure delivery of successful projects to our joint customers."

About InterVision Systems Technologies Inc.

InterVision is a leading integrator of technology solutions since 1993 and has served over 3,500 customers. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara and has offices in San Francisco, El Segundo, and Bellevue, Wash. InterVision provides IT solutions, infrastructure and services for the cloud ecosystem (private, hybrid and public), allowing customers to achieve the full potential of a Software Defined Data Center. We offer assessmentintegrationmaintenance contractsproject managementstaff augmentation, and call center support services. Our solutions expertise covers cloud and enterprise IT, including data centerstoragenetworkingsecurityvirtualizationcloud computing, and business applications. IT solutions are custom designed around specific business requirements.

About Sureline Systems:
Your Application and Data, Anytime.. Any Cloud…
Sureline Systems, headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, with offices in Japan, India and Dubai was founded in 2010. Sureline's award winning SUREedge® is a proven enterprise-class software appliance for Application Mobility, Application Migration and business critical applications' Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity. Unique capabilities in the SUREedge® platform include a planner driven multi-tier application mobility, instant and automatic failover, an agentless architecture, application consistent image and incremental snapshots, global deduplication, WAN throttling and zero data loss recovery points. The solution is easy to deploy, highly scalable, hardware and hypervisor agnostic and supports physical and virtual servers locally, in remote datacenters, and in private, public or hybrid clouds. Customers worldwide trust SUREedge® to meet their application mobility, disaster recovery and business continuity objectives. SUREedge® is the most complete and easy-to-use solution available in the market. For further information, please visit the Sureline website at www.surelinesystems.com.
Red Herring Top 100; Red Herring Global 100, CIO Review Top 100

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – While 115.5 million people watched Coldplay perform on the Super Bowl 50 halftime show stage, Tagboard, a social media discovery and display platform, had no time to take a breather. They were too busy powering the band's social hub with the help of ObjectRocket by Rackspace.

Tagboard uses hashtags to collect public social media data in near-real time. With Rackspace's managed ObjectRocket solution powering its back-end data stores, the company remains lean and scalable to handle social media analytics for large clients in the NFL and automobile industry. Recently, Tagboard partnered with a popular teen band for a 12-hour live stream event. The webcast generated tens of millions of posts, which Tagboard was able to process and display seamlessly with the help of ObjectRocket and the WiredTiger storage engine.

For more information on how Tagboard leverages ObjectRocket by Rackspace to power its social media discovery platform, check out the blog post: https://blog.rackspace.com/keeping-tagboard-up-and-running-with-support-and-expertise

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International Software Company Adds Browser-Based Desktop Access to Agentless Platform

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – Verismic Software, the creators of the award-winning, agentless, cloud-based IT management software solution, Cloud Management Suite, today announced Remote Desktop Access as an added feature to its signature product. The new offering provides swift, secure, and comprehensive access to the user's work computer through any browser. Recent winners of TMC's Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award, CMS continues to drive innovation with its offerings.

"Remote Desktop Access increases mobility and flexibility for end users," says Verismic president and CEO, Ashley Leonard. "With many companies prohibited from providing laptops to all users, we believed it was important to allow access to endpoints away from the office."

Remote Desktop Access drives efficiency for end users with worldwide access to endpoints through any Internet browser. CMS continues delivering comprehensive endpoint management for IT professionals and end users alike.

"Many of today's businesses don't operate in a confined space," says Leonard. "They have offices overseas, roaming users or individuals who are unable to make it to the office that day. Providing agentless access to work consoles from any Internet browser boosts productivity and control across the entire environment."

Critical components of Remote Desktop Access include:

  • Accessibility. No software needed to connect to endpoints, just a simple browser -- using HTML5.
  • Security. Superior protection, enhanced with a hardened password.
  • Swift. Accesses work computers, including documents.
  • Compatibility. Works with tablets and mobile devices.

Cloud Management Suite allows small and large IT teams, as well as MSPs, to manage devices inside and outside their network from the cloud without needing to deploy an agent. Remote Desktop Access further complements CMS by enabling individuals to access their work computers and retrieve documents through any browser.

For a product demonstration or more information on Cloud Management Suite, visit www.cloudmanagementsuite.com.

About Verismic: Verismic Software, Inc. is a global industry leader providing cloud-based IT management technology focused on enabling greater efficiency, cost-savings and security control for users, all while engaging in endpoint management. Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, Calif., Verismic is a growing and dynamic organization with offices in four countries and 12 partners in nine countries. Over the past two years, Verismic has worked with more than 150 companies ranging from 30 to 35,000 endpoints delivering a variety of solutions for organizations of all sizes as well as managed service providers (MSPs). Verismic's software portfolio includes the first-of-its-kind agentless, Cloud Management Suite (CMS); Power ManagerSoftware Packaging and Password Reset. For more information, visit www.verismic.com.

Well Selects EFT Enterprise to Simply and Securely Manage Data From Pharmacies Around the UK

SAN ANTONIO, TX – GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSB), a pioneer and worldwide leader in the secure and reliable exchange of business information, announces today that Well, the largest independent pharmacy in the UK, has selected its technologies to simplify and enhance their data exchange ecosystem.

Working with the help of Globalscape partner, Pro2col, Well wanted to improve their automated and manual data transfer processes after being acquired by Bestway Group in 2014. With nearly 800 retail pharmacy locations and some 7,000 employees, Well manages vast amounts of information on a daily basis, not to mention that it issues more than 73 million prescriptions a year. Well sought out a single solution that could provide benefits and features such as:

  • Securely and efficiently manage organizational data exchanged between branches, patients, partners, vendors, and suppliers
  • Ability to integrate within the current IT environment and business-critical applications
  • Automation of accounting data to save time, improve security, and increase accuracy
  • Full audit and reporting for improved diagnostics

Ultimately, Well selected and implemented Globalscape's award-winning Enhanced File Transfer™ (EFT™) Enterprise solution with the Advanced Workflow Engine (AWE) and the Auditing and Reporting Module (ARM). In addition, Well collaborated with Pro2col to design a custom process suited to their unique management of data and ordering procedures.

Globalscape's managed file transfer solution EFT allows organizations to transfer data with the support of a robust security architecture. EFT's built-in security features meet business and regulatory requirements, and includes a powerful server, automated client, wizard-based configuration, automation features, advanced authentication options and two-factor authentication.

Supporting Quotes:

Matt Goulet, Chief Operating Officer at Globalscape

"In the case of major organizational changes, like Well's acquisition by Bestway Group, old IT ecosystems may not be suited to handle future challenges brought upon by a new injection of resources and processes. However, by bringing on technology from Globalscape with the help of technology partners like Pro2col, Well is able to manage their data seamlessly and handle any potential requirements that arise as the business continues to scale now and in the future."

James Lewis, Managing Director at Pro2col

"We worked closely with Well's IT Project Manager to clarify which configuration best met his immediate requirements, whilst ensuring the solution could grow to address their future strategic direction. Globalscape's scalability is a great fit for customers with evolving needs."

Supporting Resources:

About Globalscape

GlobalSCAPE, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSB) is a pioneer in the reliable exchange of mission-critical business data and intellectual property. Globalscape's leading enterprise suite of solutions delivers military-proven security for achieving best-in-class control and visibility of data across multiple locations. Founded in 1996, Globalscape's software and services are trusted by tens of thousands of customers worldwide, including global enterprises, governments, and small and medium enterprises. For more information, visit www.Globalscape.com or follow the blog and Twitter updates.

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Ease of Use, InfoSight Predictive Analytics and Timeless Storage Deliver Winning Combination to Better Serve City's 106,000 Residents

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the leader in predictive flash storage, today announced that the City of Pueblo, Colorado selected the Nimble Storage Predictive Flash platform to support its centralized IT infrastructure, enhance community services, and ensure public safety. The City of Pueblo will deploy the Nimble AF5000 All Flash array to accelerate its more than 120 applications spanning city-wide departments, including the City's primary financial system, and the police and fire departments' 911 call dispatch and record management systems, which rely on the virtualized environment.

The City of Pueblo encountered an app-data gap with its legacy storage infrastructure that was negatively impacting application performance and response times. In an effort to close the app-data gap, the IT team researched 11 storage vendors with offerings encompassing hybrid and all flash storage systems. As a result of its evaluation, the City initially tested the Nimble CS500 Adaptive Flash array alongside products from Pure Storage and Tegile, but ultimately selected an AF5000 All Flash array to address its primary storage requirements.

"We set out to find a solution that provided the performance and scale required to support our 106,000 residents in a timely manner. Public service and safety are issues we take seriously so our evaluation process needed to be extremely comprehensive. This led us to evaluating both all flash and hybrid storage arrays," said Lori Pinz, director of information technology for the City of Pueblo. "The performance of next generation storage systems are above and beyond our legacy storage, but there were several factors that led us to selecting Nimble -- namely ease of use, InfoSight predictive analytics and the Timeless Storage support guarantee." 

While testing the Nimble CS500 Adaptive Flash array, the City of Pueblo's IT team was able to migrate applications to the Nimble array with no impact to end users, and obtain a 3X application performance increase. The predictive analytics and reporting provided by InfoSight has enabled the IT team to proactively predict and prevent performance barriers across its business-critical applications, including the latency-sensitive 911 call dispatch application. With InfoSight, the team has been able to quickly identify and address latency hotspots whether they occur in the storage, compute or networking layers of the IT stack. This increased visibility dramatically reduces the time to recover from latency issues and helps to ensure public safety is not compromised.

While obtaining excellent results with the Nimble CS500 and InfoSight, the IT team learned of the newly released AF-Series All Flash arrays, which run the same NimbleOS and provide a lower total cost of ownership than competitive all flash arrays. Since the management and functionality are identical, the IT team selected the AF5000 array in place of the CS500 array to support its entire production environment. The AF5000 will now host all city-wide applications, including SunGard Public Sector's ONESolution Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Record Management system, and Tyler Munis and Incode financial and court systems.

"We were pleased to learn that Nimble support and maintenance contracts provide consistent pricing through the life of the contract, including renewals," said Pinz. "Nimble approached us with a sustainability model that includes not only a five-year warranty, but in the event that we need to push the array to year six or seven due to budget constraints, Nimble will keep us under warranty. We appreciate that Nimble doesn't increase maintenance pricing or force us to embark on any forklift upgrades." The Nimble Timeless Storage business model provides investment protection and upgrade certainty, with an option to receive a free faster controller upgrade after three years.

Nimble Storage Resources

About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is the leader in predictive flash storage solutions. Nimble offers a Predictive Flash platform that combines flash performance with predictive analytics to predict and prevent barriers to data velocity caused by complex IT infrastructure. Nimble customers experience absolute performance, non-stop availability and cloud-like agility that accelerate critical business processes. More than 7,500 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed the Nimble Predictive Flash Platform across more than 50 countries. For more information visit www.nimblestorage.com and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.

Nimble Storage, the Nimble Storage logo, CASL, InfoSight, SmartStack, Timeless Storage, Data Velocity Delivered, Unified Flash Fabric and NimbleConnect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nimble Storage, Inc. Other trade names or words used in this document are the properties of their respective owners.

Any unreleased services, features or functions referenced in this document, our website or other press releases or public statements that are not currently available are subject to change at Nimble Storage's discretion and may not be delivered as planned or at all. Customers who purchase Nimble Storage's products and services should make their purchase decisions based upon services, features and functions that are currently available.

CyrusOne joins Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network with dedicated network connections to AWS through AWS Direct Connect

DALLAS – Global colocation solutions provider CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) is pleased to announce the company has joined Amazon Web Services Partner Network (APN), offering connectivity to AWS Direct Connect across its full data center portfolio. By providing access to AWS Direct Connect, CyrusOne customers are able to link internal networks to an AWS Direct Connect location for greater efficiency, reliability, and productivity via private connections to the AWS Cloud.

"By offering AWS Direct Connect across all of our data center facilities, CyrusOne is yet again demonstrating its commitment to serving the increasingly diverse and expanding connectivity needs of our customers,” said Josh Snowhorn, Vice President and General Manager of Interconnection, CyrusOne. “We are excited to join the Amazon Web Services Partner Network, and look forward to the abundant opportunities that this relationship can bring to the future of CyrusOne’s growing portfolio of data center facilities globally.”

The AWS secure cloud services platform offers compute power, database storage, content delivery, and other functionality to help business scale and grow. AWS Direct Connect provides an alternative to using the Internet to access AWS cloud services by establishing private network connections. By offering connectivity to AWS Direct Connect, CyrusOne is enabling customers to access all AWS services, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), and Amazon DynamoDB, through fast, secure, and reliable connections.

Globally, CyrusOne operates more than 30 carrier-neutral data center facilities across the United States, Europe, and Asia, CyrusOne provides customers with the flexibility and scale to match their specific IT growth needs. CyrusOne facilities are engineered to include the power-density infrastructure required to deliver excellent availability, including an architecture with the highest available power redundancy (2N).

Renowned for exceptional service, building enduring customer relationships, and high customer satisfaction levels, CyrusOne serves nine of the Fortune 20 and more than 170 of the Fortune 1000 among its more than 940 customers.

For more information about CyrusOne, call 1-855-908-3662 or visit http://www.cyrusone.com. Connect with us on Google Plus, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

 

About CyrusOne
CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) specializes in highly reliable enterprise-class, carrier-neutral data center properties. The company provides mission-critical data center facilities that protect and ensure the continued operation of IT infrastructure for more than 940 customers, including nine of the Fortune 20 and more than 170 of the Fortune 1000 or equivalent-sized companies.

CyrusOne’s data center offerings provide the flexibility, reliability, and security that enterprise customers require, and are delivered through a tailored, customer-service-focused platform designed to foster long-term relationships. CyrusOne’s National IX platform provides robust connectivity options to drive revenue, reduce expenses, and improve service quality for enterprises, content, and telecommunications companies. CyrusOne is committed to full transparency in communication, management, and service delivery throughout its more than 30 data centers worldwide.

LENEXA, Kan. – EPA Region 7 and its contractors collected almost 3,000 tons of residential debris and hazardous materials during a nearly two-month-long mission to help residents of Missouri’s Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles and St. Louis counties recover from severe flooding caused by heavy rains in late December 2015.
 
Final figures show EPA crews picked up a total of 2,982 tons (5,964,000 pounds) of residential debris across the four St. Louis metro area counties. EPA was assigned the residential debris collection mission by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which coordinated the overall response to the flooding event.
 
EPA teams deployed to the St. Louis area in early January and continued on a schedule of curbside debris pickups in affected residential areas through February 15. EPA also operated a drop-off collection facility in Eureka, conducted aerial assessments to identify affected areas and locate flood debris, and deployed boats to collect various types of orphaned containers and debris from area lakes, streams and shorelines. A small team of EPA staff remained on duty through February 26 to assist community volunteers in a final effort to collect lingering debris, and close out the agency’s response operations.
 
Overall, EPA’s work resulted in the recycling, treatment or disposal of approximately 8,913 cubic yards of residential flood debris. Among the collections—besides common construction, demolition and vegetative debris—were 317 drums, 20,852 assorted small containers, 112 large containers, 179 propane tanks, 266 compressed gas tanks, 1,032 white goods (major appliances like refrigerators and stoves), 403 batteries, 177 small engines, and 6,037 electronic items.
 
EPA also handled the collection and disposal of 1,310 tons (2,620,000 pounds) of sandbags.
 
“EPA’s goals in this mission were to help St. Louis metro residents recover as quickly as possible while minimizing expenses to taxpayers and impacts on the environment,” EPA Regional Administrator Mark Hague said. “As a key part of the broader response led by FEMA, we are proud to have accomplished these goals.”
 
With experience acquired from its work following other major natural disasters—including the Joplin tornado in 2011 and severe flooding in Iowa in 2008—EPA Region 7 brought its “lean and green” approach to the St. Louis area response. That approach was demonstrated in how the agency handled the collection, transportation and disposal of each category of flood debris:
 
  • Construction and demolition debris from homes traveled no farther than two local landfills—in Maryland Heights, Mo.; and East St. Louis, Ill.—for proper disposal, minimizing transportation costs and saving time.
 
  • Large accumulations of vegetative debris—tree limbs and similar material—were kept out of landfills, and instead were ground into mulch for landscaping.
 
  • Refrigerant gases and hazardous components were safely captured and stripped from discarded refrigerators and freezers so that they and other discarded major appliances could be recycled for scrap metal through a firm in Valley Park—again minimizing time, transportation costs and environmental impacts.
 
  • Discarded electronics goods were sent to the American Military Veterans Assistance Corporation in St. Louis, which specializes in the recycling of such materials. This kept discarded televisions, computer equipment, lamps, small appliances, stereos and similar items out of landfills—and minimized EPA’s time and transportation costs—while also helping a local non-profit community agency that supports veterans.
 
  • Household hazardous wastes collected at curbsides—as well as orphan containers, which include drums, tanks, fluid totes, canisters and similar containers found floating in or washed up near waterways—were gathered at EPA’s staging area near Eureka, where crews sorted and grouped items by type, prior to shipping them off for safe, proper treatment and disposal as hazardous wastes at approved facilities.
 
 
 
Learn more about recovery from Missouri’s December 2015 flooding:
 
 
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Follow us on Twitter: @EPARegion7
BlueJeans research reveals a video void with businesses missing out on employee engagement

 

LONDON, UK – Businesses are at risk of alienating their next generation of tech-savvy employees if they do not change their approach to new ‘live’ technologies, according to new global research launched today.

 

Although 85% of employees use video as part of their everyday lives today, only 28% say their employers are proactively encouraging them to use video at work to communicate. 72% feel that live video has the power to transform the way they communicate at work and 69% believe that increased use of video conversations would help employee retention at all levels within the organisation.

 

The research, conducted amongst 4,000 employees across the UK, Germany, France and the US, also found that only one in seven (14%) employers is good at providing communications tools at work which mirror those employees use at home. Almost two thirds (63%) assert that their employers could make better use of live video, pointing to culture, collaboration and training as examples. Furthermore, 63% say that younger employees now expect to use live video as a communications tool when they enter the workplace.

 

James Campanini VP & GM EMEA, BlueJeans Network commented “Millennials communicate in real-time and use video and photographs in all aspects of their lives – they are the ‘selfie-generation’ who are comfortable on screen and sharing experiences with their friends and colleagues. It’s clear from our research that some businesses are failing to recognise that the way their staff want to interact and collaborate is changing in line with this.”

 

The research from BlueJeans Network also found:

  • Talent magnet: 51% said they would prefer to work for a company that embraces live video as a way to communicate and 73% believe hiring of new staff could be transformed with video, changing relationships between employers and candidates as well as between bosses and employees at a cultural level (75%)
  • Lust for live: 72% of employees admit they have higher expectations of information being readily available than they did two years ago and 82% see live video playing a useful role within their organisation over the next two years whether in training, troubleshooting customer issues or product collaboration
  • Transforming meetings and inboxes: Seeing people rather than just hearing them is seen as a key benefit of video communication (60%). Furthermore, 68% see live video saving time spent in unproductive, long face-to-face meetings in the next five years whilst over half (54%) see it significantly reducing the volume of email traffic

“Western business culture is changing to become more informal and personal, driven by new technologies. If the last business communications revolution was about the written word and email, the next one is about video and seeing people. It’s not that hard for employees to imagine a working day where every meeting, phone call or email becomes a live video chat,” concluded Campanini. “As consumers we’ve adapted to running our lives in a real-time way using video as well as written words, now it’s the turn of businesses to embrace technology and cultures that let us do the same at work.”

 

The findings show that more employees in the UK are calling for more use of live video than their counterparts in Germany, France and the US. 59% of respondents in the UK agreed that they would prefer to work for a company that invested in high quality video collaboration.

 

This is higher than the US (53%), France (48%) and Germany (46%). A higher percentage of UK employees also agree that collaboration with colleagues will become much more enjoyable through live video (65%), younger employees are expecting live video as a communications tool (66%) and that live video will save time spent in face-to-face meetings (73%).

 

For more information on the power of live video, download the BlueJeans Love Live Video report here: https://bluejeans.com/lovelivevideo

 

About BlueJeans Network

At BlueJeans Network, we aim to bring great minds together to meet, share ideas and reach their audiences through the power of video collaboration. By making video communication easy, secure and scalable, our customers can make online conversations, meetings and events personal again. BlueJeans' cloud-based platform has taken video into the mainstream, giving thought leaders in business, education, entertainment, and media the power to interact face-to-face with anyone, anywhere. BlueJeans Network is a private company headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information go to: www.bluejeans.com or follow the company @BlueJeansEMEA

 

Research Methodology

A total of 4,000 employees, aged 18–65+, took part in the survey. They were selected from a range of job roles and levels, representing several industry sectors. The companies they work for range from 100 to 1000+ employees, across the UK, Germany, France, and the USA.