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NYI’s New Jersey Data Center Now Has More High Performance Networking Capabilities

NEW YORK NYI, an enterprise grade data center and managed IT solutions provider enabling clients to build customized infrastructure, announces that Lightower Fiber Networks, the premier provider of all-fiber, high-performance networking solutions delivered over its own network, has established an access point at NYI’s Bridgewater, New Jersey facility. NYI customers can now tap into expanded options across NYI’s technology ecosystem and leverage Lightower’s network services for robust and diverse connectivity solutions. 

Located at 999 Frontier Road in Bridgewater, New Jersey, NYI’s data center is less than 40 miles from Lower Manhattan and offers premier connectivity for trading platforms, backup processes and other latency-sensitive applications. The company offers a full suite of Internet infrastructure services extending from colocation to cloud. NYI’s community of enterprise and net-centric customers is now just a cross-connect away from Lightower’s all-fiber backbone.  

“Augmenting carrier diversity should be every colocation provider’s goal,” says Phil Koblence, Chief Operating Officer for NYI. “Having Lightower build into our Bridgewater facility not only strengthens NYI’s already-dense ecosystem of carriers and cloud providers, but also provides our customers strategic access to Lightower’s dark fiber services.” 

“Lightower is always looking for ways to further expand our network, especially in the New York Metro market,” explains Jason Campbell, Chief Operations Officer for Lightower Fiber Networks. “By establishing an all-fiber access point at NYI’s Bridgewater facility, we continue to highlight our dedication to delivering market-leading networking solutions with customer friendly connectivity options.”

NYI owns and operates data centers in New York and New Jersey. In addition to serving the Northeast, NYI also extends its data center, managed and cloud services across the country, with facilities located in Seattle and Los Angeles. For more information about NYI, visit www.nyi.net


About NYI

At NYI, we are more than a data center operator. We are a solution-oriented, hands-on data center facilitator, taking the time to truly understand our clients’ businesses and provide the support they require. Our approach is simple, effective and unique in the marketplace — we look beyond our world-class data centers and focus on supporting customer growth and success, acting as a genuine extension of your IT team. Through our robust technology ecosystem, we quickly deliver solutions as your single point of contact for IT. Since 1996, we have provided our customers with fully managed, highly customized infrastructure solutions built to suit their specific business and mission critical IT needs.

Colocation - Cloud - Hybrid - Managed Services - Disaster Recovery

NYI is SSAE16/SOCI/PCI/HIPAA/HITECH Compliant. For more information, visit www.nyi.net; call (800) 288-7387; or follow the company on Twitter and LinkedIn.

CAMBRIDGE, UK – In modern software development, source controlling applications has become standard practice. By employing source control, changes can be tracked and rolled back, errors avoided, and Agile techniques followed. SQL Source Control brings the same advantages to databases, and the latest version finally overcomes a crucial challenge so that databases can be included as a full partner in the development process.

 

Launched in 2010, SQL Source Control is a plug-in for SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) that links databases to application version control systems. Using the industry-leading comparison engine from Redgate Software’s SQL Compare, it has helped thousands of development teams improve their processes by applying the concepts of application version control to database development.

 

Recent updates to SQL Source Control have included enhanced Git integration, significant performance improvements, object locking, and support for SSMS 2016 & Team Foundation Server 2015, all of which have enabled users to stay in sync with their team. One factor, however, has lagged behind: data.

 

While changes to the code behind database schemas can be tracked with SQL Source Control, any changes which involve data have been a significant challenge. If moving data around is an essential part of the change, for example, then due to the changing landscape of the database world, there have still been obstacles to overcome. Until now.

 

Version 5 of SQL Source Control gives users a simple, repeatable way of creating migration scripts that includes handling changes to data, committing those changes, and using them in database deployments.

 

Regular schema changes which can be safely handled by the SQL Compare engine are added to ‘compare blocks’ and are used in the automatically generated deployment script as normal. Changes which involve data are written as migration scripts and added to ‘migration blocks’. At the deployment stage, the blocks are deployed in the order changes were made, so users can be sure the deployment accurately reflects the development process.

 

As Elizabeth Ayer, SQL Source Control Product Manager, says: “This release means the bedrock of version control can now be applied to virtually every database development process. It allows you to use existing branch practices, adopt whichever version control system you prefer, and do migrations as well.”

 

An increasing number of organizations are exploring and using the principles of continuous delivery in their application development, and SQL Source Control v5 now allows the database to be included.

 

“If you’re considering database automation, where the absence of migrations has been a showstopper,” says Elizabeth, “this is the release that really does make it possible to automate database delivery.”

 

Steve Jones, DBA and Microsoft MVP concurs. “I’m thrilled by the changes in SQL Source Control. Enhanced support for version control systems such as Git, and the improvement to migrations scripts have changed everything. This is something to get really excited about.”

 

With the new migration script feature, users have complete control over how changes are handled, making it possible for every team member to get the latest changes from source control without the risk of losing data.

Elizabeth Ayer concludes: “Making database development as easy as application development has been our goal for a long time at Redgate. With SQL Source Control v5, we’ve now succeeded.”

 

Redgate Software makes ingeniously simple software used by 650,000 IT professionals who work with SQL Server, .NET, and Oracle. More than 100,000 companies use Redgate products, including 91% of the Fortune 100. Redgate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems that developers and DBAs face every day.

Launches Four Services Enabling Customers to Access Increasing Cloud Based Digital Portfolio

 

SLOUGH, UK - Logicalis UK, the international IT solutions and managed services provider, today announced the launch of four new Logicalis Optimal Services, creating a wider choice of consumption and operational models for its customers in core areas of both infrastructure and business collaboration. The services provide consumption of Data Centre, Networking/Security, Business Video and Collaboration services, and are available immediately.

 

Optimal Cloud - A Virtual Private Data Centre environment providing greater levels of self-service of cloud resources, including a wider choice of performance and capacity in compute and storage, a library of easy to provision workloads and a roadmap of connectivity options for public cloud services.

 

Optimal Video - Enterprise grade on-demand video service that brings the latest video capabilities within the reach of all types of organisation, via a consumption based model, all provided on a single integrated platform.

 

Optimal Managed Network: Cisco Meraki - Delivering a 24x7 service, removing the burden of resource intensive network management for customers, along with the ability to scale rapidly with a zero-touch operational overhead.

 

Cisco WebEx Meetings-as-a-Service - Delivering WebEx Meetings securely across a wide variety of platforms and devices, this solution provides a comprehensive, complementary service to Logicalis’ existing collaboration suite.

 

Designed to take centre stage as the foundation of any digital transformation strategy, the new suite of services optimise innovation, choice, flexibility and insight to support both the needs of independent software vendors and the evolving business demands of enterprise customers.

 

Mark Best, Logicalis UK Services Director commented, "These services give our customers more choice, more flexibility, and greater access to digital platforms, as well as a faster time to delivering business results. Being able to access the latest in cloud IaaS at the touch of a button, accelerate business collaboration, or even deploy large enterprise class networks through cloud services is bringing in a new era of business aligned IT services. Working closely with our partners Cisco, NetApp and VMware, Logicalis UK is demonstrating leadership and investment in delivering on our customers’ needs.”

 

Built on the latest generation of enterprise-class software defined infrastructure, Optimal Cloud services are hosted at Logicalis’ Tier3+ ISO27001 compliant UK data centres, and supported by its UK Managed Services Centres. More information on each service is available below:

 

ABOUT LOGICALIS

Logicalis is an international IT solutions and managed services provider with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in communications and collaboration; data centre and cloud services; and managed services.

Logicalis employs over 4,000 people worldwide, including highly trained service specialists who design, deploy and manage complex IT infrastructures to meet the needs of over 6,500 corporate and public sector customers. To achieve this, Logicalis maintains strong partnerships with technology leaders such as Cisco, HPE, IBM, CA Technologies, NetApp, Microsoft, Oracle, VMware and ServiceNow on an international basis. It has specialised solutions for enterprise and medium-sized companies in vertical markets covering financial services, TMT (telecommunications, media and technology), education, healthcare, retail, government, manufacturing and professional services, helping customers benefit from cutting-edge technologies in a cost-effective way.

The Logicalis Group has annualised revenues of over $1.5 billion, from operations in Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia Pacific, and is one of the leading IT and communications solution integrators, specialising in the areas of advanced technologies and services.

The Logicalis Group is a division of Datatec Limited, listed on the AIM market of the LSE and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, with revenues of over $6 billion.

For more information, visit www.uk.logicalis.com

Thursday, 02 June 2016 00:00

BridgeHead partners with AbedGraham

Partnership to ensure products and services fine-tuned for clinical workflow and user need

 

ASHTEAD, UKBridgeHead Software, the healthcare data management company, and AbedGraham, the healthcare IT strategy, operations and risk consultancy, today announced a strategic partnership. The two companies will work together to ensure BridgeHead Software’s current and future product and service portfolio is optimised for the needs of clinicians and, ultimately, patients whilst addressing national policy guidelines, for example, the NHS ‘Paperless 2020’ initiative.

 

AbedGraham is a specialist healthcare IT strategy consultancy, made up of staff from various clinical backgrounds – primary care, the acute setting and mental health – all with considerable knowledge and experience in information technology used within a healthcare setting.

 

Dr. Saif Abed, Founding Partner at AbedGraham, will assume the role of Clinical Safety Officer for BridgeHead Software. With the help of his team, Dr. Abed will provide guidance and advice to help BridgeHead Software and its customers to maximise patient safety through the roll-out of new technology whilst, at the same time, minimising clinical risk.

 

The partnership will also ensure that BridgeHead Software’s products and services capitalise on the growing market potential presented by national initiatives such as the digitisation of patient records and the integration of health and social care against a backdrop of increased funding pressures.

 

Dr. Abed, comments: “The UK’s healthcare environment is on the cusp of major change. The ending of national contracts, the drive towards digitisation, the joining up of health and social care, patient access to records, paperless and integrated care all present considerable opportunity for the right vendors with the right products.

 

BridgeHead Software, with its portfolio of healthcare data management solutions and its unrivalled reputation and growing customer base, is ideally placed to capitalise on those opportunities. We will work with BridgeHead Software to ensure its products are in line with national policy, but also that they are fine tuned for clinical workflow, user experience and, in the future, possibly patients as the drive to increase direct patient access to their healthcare information continues.”

 

Jim Beagle, President and CEO, BridgeHead Software comments: “It is encouraging to see the focus that government, and subsequently NHS England and NHS Digital (formerly HSCIC), is putting into technology and the efforts they are making to push towards a digital health service.

 

Working alongside AbedGraham, with its clinical-based IT consultancy, we will ensure BridgeHead Software is best placed to support our customers, current and future, with healthcare data management solutions that deliver information to the people that need it, when they need it, at the point of care.”

 

 

About BridgeHead Software

With 20 years’ experience in data and storage management, BridgeHead Software is trusted by over 1,200 hospitals worldwide. Today, BridgeHead Software helps healthcare facilities overcome challenges stemming from rising data volumes and increasing storage costs while delivering peace of mind around how to store, protect and share clinical and administrative information.

BridgeHead’s Healthcare Data Management solutions are designed to work with any hospital’s chosen applications and storage hardware, regardless of vendor, providing greater choice, flexibility and control over the way data is managed, now and in the future. For more information, visit http://www.bridgeheadsoftware.com or follow on Twitter at @BridgeHeadHDM.

 

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About AbedGraham Healthcare Strategies

AbedGraham is the UK & Ireland’s leading, exclusively clinically based, healthcare IT strategy, operations and risk consultancy. The organisation’s combination of clinical and strategic expertise is utilised by global IT infrastructure industry leaders to shape corporate strategies, clinical engagement and leadership initiatives, business case developments, major project bids and project management processes to maximise the positive impact of their solutions for healthcare providers.

 

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WASHINGTON – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is calling on individuals and families across the nation to prepare for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season, which begins today and runs through November 30. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center seasonal outlook for 2016, released last week, states the season will most likely be near-normal, but uncertainty about the formation of Atlantic storms makes predicting this season particularly difficult.  The full release is linked at www.noaa.gov/near-normal-atlantic-hurricane-season-most-likely-year.

The effects of hurricanes can stretch far beyond just coastal areas, impacting communities hundreds of miles inland. When a hurricane hits, it can bring high winds, heavy rainfall, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and even tornadoes. Storm surge produced by hurricanes poses the greatest threat to life and property along the coast. Taking action now, in advance of a storm, can save lives and enables families and communities to recover more quickly should disaster strike.

“The United States has not had a significant impact from a hurricane or tropical storm since Hurricane Sandy struck in 2012,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “But luck isn’t a strategy when it comes to being ready. If you live in a potentially affected state, you are at risk for storm surge, extreme winds and flooding during a hurricane. Now is the time for you to learn your evacuation routes and develop a hurricane evacuation plan. Prepare now and enjoy the summer with confidence that if a storm threatens you’ll be ready.”

To prepare for these powerful storms, FEMA is encouraging families, businesses, and individuals to take the following steps to prepare:

  • Know Your Risk:Residents should learn what types of natural disasters are common in their state. NOAA’s historical hurricane tracks tool provides information on the severity and frequency of past hurricanes. 
  • Know your evacuation zone: Evacuation zones are areas that may be impacted by hurricane flooding. Many communities have designated evacuation zones and routes to get citizens to safety. This information can often be found on the websites of state, county, or town emergency management offices. If a hurricane threatens a community and local officials say it's time to evacuate, residents should evacuate immediately. Do not wait for the next forecast.
  • Download the FEMA app: The FEMA app contains important information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. The app also allows users to receive weather alerts from NOAA’s National Weather Service, lifesaving safety tips, and provides access to disaster resources should survivors need them. The app is available in the Apple App store or the Google Play store. The FEMA app is also available in Spanish.
  • Make a plan, build a kit and practice what to do: When a hurricane hits, communications systems can go out, transportation can be limited, and it could be days before emergency responders are able to reach communities that need help. FEMA encourages residents in potentially affected states to do the following:
    • Make a Family Communication Plan: Family members should discuss how they contact one another in an emergency and check in with each other from different locations. Families should plan how to care for children or members with access and functional needs, and learn how to get in touch if cell phone, internet, or landlines don’t work. Be sure to practice your plan so everyone will know what to do in the event of an emergency.
    • Emergency Supply Kit: A ‘go kit’ is a bag that contains basic items families may need, during an emergency. Kits should contain non-perishable food, water, and other supplies, such as flashlights, local maps, and a battery-powered radio, to last you and your family for at least 72 hours. Ready.gov contains a complete list of items.
    • Pets: Many local shelters do not permit pets, but laws require them to accept service animals. Families should have a plan for pets should they need to evacuate.

While much attention is often given to the Atlantic Hurricane Season, there are tropical systems that can affect many other areas around the nation. To learn more about hurricane seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, visit www.hurricanes.gov. To learn more on how to prepare before, during, and after a hurricane, visit www.ready.gov.

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FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.

Follow FEMA online at www.fema.gov/blog, www.twitter.com/fema, www.twitter.com/fema,, www.facebook.com/fema and www.youtube.com/fema.  Also, follow Administrator Craig Fugate's activities at www.twitter.com/craigatfema.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Deal complete; combined assets of U.S.-Canadian companies rank second in continent

FT. WORTH, Texas – Interstate Restoration LLC, already a U.S. leader in disaster recovery efforts on a commercial scale, has climbed the ranks in continental stature by completing the acquisition of FirstOnSite Restoration G.P. Inc. in Canada.

As a result of the transaction, Interstate Restoration becomes a company of $300 million annual revenues, with nearly 1,250 employees operating in both countries. Both benchmarks establish Ft. Worth-based Interstate Restoration as the second largest independent company in its industry.

“More than our sheer size, our quality of service and our reputation for responsiveness in disaster situations have determined Interstate Restoration’s success,” said Stacy Mazur, CEO of Interstate Restoration. “But our growth is an indication of how positively our clients have responded to us over the years, and it gives us greater resources to address clients’ needs on an even greater scale. By combining FirstOnSite and Interstate Restoration, we will significantly improve our ability to deliver to our clients uninterrupted, best-in-class restoration and reconstruction services.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

FirstOnSite Restoration is Canada’s largest independent disaster restoration services provider, with 35 branches across the country. FirstOnSite Restoration will continue to operate under the FirstOnSite name, and will remain headquartered in its current Mississauga, Ontario location.

“We are extremely pleased with the completion of the sale, and with the enormous benefits it will bring to both companies moving forward,” said Dave Demos, Chief Executive Officer, FirstOnSite Restoration. “We can now focus on organizing our complementary capacities, and bringing the best restoration services on the continent to our customers on both sides of the border.”

Demos will continue to lead FirstOnSite Restoration in Canada.

In an immediate example of the robustness of the new organization, Interstate Restoration has already sent equipment, fleet and personnel from the U.S. to join FirstOnSite Restoration in its efforts to respond to the fire-ravaged area of Fort McMurray.

About Interstate Restoration

Founded in 1998, Interstate Restoration, LLC, headquartered in Ft. Worth, Texas, is one of the largest emergency restoration and reconstruction service providers for commercial enterprises in the United States. Interstate Restoration specializes in assisting property owners and businesses in recovering from fire, flood, natural and human-caused disasters. With 19 regional offices in the U.S., Interstate Restoration has the scalability to respond to any-sized catastrophe and help people get back to business and back to life quickly and safely. For more information, visit www.interstaterestoration.com, call 800-622-6433 or follow us on Twitter at @InterstateRest.

About FirstOnSite

FirstOnSite Restoration L.P. is the leading independent Canadian disaster restoration services provider, providing remediation, restoration and reconstruction services nationwide, and for the U.S. large loss and commercial market.

FirstOnSite's organizational structure is distinguished within the industry as it provides degrees of speed, scope and scale, including abilities to embrace innovations and technologies that help meet the unique needs of its customers.  With approximately 1,000 employees, 35 locations, 24/7 emergency service and a commitment to customer service, FirstOnSite proudly serves the residential, commercial and industrial sectors. FirstOnSite has been a recipient of the Deloitte Best Managed Company award since 2012, and is an approved vendor for many leading insurance companies and commercial clients. For more information visit: www.firstonsite.ca or call 1.877.778. 6731, and follow @firstonsite on Twitter at www.twitter.com/firstonsite. 

CenturyLink has committed to improving energy efficiency of its entire US data center portfolio by 25 percent by joining a voluntary US Department of Energy program that promotes investment in more efficient energy use in buildings.

The Monroe, Louisiana-based telco has been upgrading its sprawling data center portfolio to improve efficiency since last year, despite the possibility that it may sell some or all of those sites. CenturyLink management has been evaluating numerous alternatives to owning its data centers.

Bill Gast, CenturyLink’s director of global data center energy efficiency, said uncertainty about ownership of the portfolio in the future hasn’t disrupted the current push to improve its efficiency that started last year.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/06/01/centurylink-commits-data-center-efficiency-targets-federal-challenge/

The potential of radiation risk exposure causing harm in your organization’s workplace may not be the first thought that comes to mind at an ISO  quality management system team meeting…..but, under the new ISO risk-based thinking approach to broaden your scope of understanding risk and its relationship to the context of your organization …perhaps it could be.

To follow this logic further, we begin with the need to better understand radiation.

Today’s corporate environments are filled with leaps and often times hesitations, followed by even larger leaps toward cloud deployment. But about those hesitations: from fears about IT jobs being outsourced to security concerns and questions about the most effective ways to centrally manage a cloud solution, apprehensions can run far and wide.

IT Innovators recently caught up with John Webster, analyst at Evaluator Group, to chat about some of the most common assumptions about the cloud and what factors should instead be top of mind for a more effective cloud deployment.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/05/31/innovators-rethinking-assumptions-cloud/

Once it’s done shedding its Enterprise Services business, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is betting on its bread-and-butter data center hardware business – servers, storage, networking, and software to manage all of the above – to continue driving the bulk of its revenue.

The company, which only recently separated from the former Hewlett-Packard’s printer and PC business, announced earlier this month that Enterprise Services would spin off and merge with Computer Sciences Corp.

In an analysis of recent revenue and profit trends of HPE’s various businesses, The Next Platform’s Timothy Prickett Morgan points out that enterprise technology services are a people-intensive, low-margin business, and says that this is probably the biggest reason CEO Meg Whitman has decided to get out of it.

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http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/05/31/hpe-bets-on-core-data-center-hardware-sales-to-drive-profits/