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Jon Seals

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – 43 major hydrant recalls have been issued since 1999, affecting hundreds of thousands of these critical fire fighting devices- but almost half have never been inspected or repaired to resolve the offending problem.  The main reason: municipalities nationwide often do not know specifically where these faulty hydrants are located.

Most of the recalls involve internal hydrant issues making them hard or impossible to operate over time, which could force fire fighters to seek alternate water sources during a blaze.  This water search adds time, and could make all the difference between beating a fire or losing to it.

Limited data from hydrant manufacturers indicate recall programs are only about 60% effective, meaning a significant number of faulty devices are still out there and unaccounted for.

The heart of the issue is municipal hydrant asset databases:  what fire fighting devices does a city have in its inventory, and where are they physically located?

"During the past 25 years, many cities have made it a high priority to catalog and plot important key municipal features using GIS- geographic information system- mapping.  Fire hydrants are just one of these key GIS asset features," said Mark Voigtsberger, President of UT/GIS. "The problem is, many cities failed to collect certain fundamental information about the hydrants such as manufacturer, model, and year cast- all crucial information needed to identify specific units falling under these 43 recall notices." 

Cities can often produce an electronic GIS map showing the locations of all their hydrants, and the global positioning system (GPS) latitude and longitude values are generally accurate and correct.  However, many cannot extract from that data set specific hydrant makes and models.  Voigtsberger points to one large municipality with close to 60,000 hydrants:  "This city collected over 100 features on each individual fire hydrant- but none of it useful in pinpointing recalled units.  15 data fields alone were dedicated to tax and political divisions within the city.  Many other fields were simply administrative information." 

"This city will be required to physically visit each of the 60,000 locations to determine if, and how many, of their hydrants fall or have fallen under a recall," continued Voigtsberger. "They may have none, but they could have thousands.  Gathering the correct GIS data initially could have prevented these needed re-visits."
Many other cities will have to do the same and visit each location to ensure 100% of their recalled fire hydrants have been inspected and remediated.

It should be noted all hydrant manufacturers do an excellent job with their product recalls, providing repair parts for free and enough money to offset the calculated labor costs needed to make the fixes.  However, they cannot tell you where their products are located in your city.

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Diablo Technologies today announced the opening of its ISV Development and Customer Experience Center at the company’s Silicon Valley office in San Jose, California. The Experience Center will be Diablo’s main hub for hands-on demonstrations and customer engagement activities. The strategic site also houses servers from Diablo’s leading OEM’s, providing a collaborative, high-tech environment for software development, applications engineering and technical support.
“We are very excited to launch our first ISV Development and Customer Experience Center in the heart of Silicon Valley. The facility is designed to showcase Diablo’s latest products and technologies to customers across the world,” said Kevin Wagner, Vice President of Marketing at Diablo Technologies. “By fostering an environment for collaborative development, we can quickly drive new innovation and accelerate market adoption of Memory1™ and Memory Channel Storage®.”
Diablo is redefining the rules of datacenter performance and economics with its Memory Channel Storage and ‘Big Memory for Big Data’ (Memory1) offerings. The Experience Center provides access to these powerful solutions for ISV development, application testing, and validation of proof of concepts. ISV partners, OEM customers and end users of Diablo products are already leveraging the Experience Center through remote or physical access, allowing Diablo to develop solutions in a smarter way. Interested organizations can request a demonstration through Diablo’s Contact Us page.
Memory1 represents a new memory tier that enables more work per server and a significant reduction in Total Cost of Ownership. This ground-breaking product provides the largest, most economical server memory available for Cloud, Big Data, Caching, and Database workloads. Memory Channel Storage is an innovative storage architecture that connects large amounts of flash media directly to a processor’s memory controllers. MCS provides tens of terabytes of the highest performing SSD storage at the lowest possible latencies for enterprise database, electronic messaging, and virtualized applications, among many more.

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ABOUT DIABLO TECHNOLOGIES 
Diablo is at the forefront of developing breakthrough technologies for next-generation enterprise computing. The company’s flagship Memory1 is a first-of-its-kind memory technology that delivers four times the capacity of the largest DRAM modules. Diablo's Memory Channel Storage platform combines innovative software and hardware architectures with Non-Volatile Memory to introduce a new and disruptive generation of Solid State Storage for data-intensive applications. The Diablo leadership team has decades of experience in system architecture, chipset design, enterprise software and business development at companies including PMC-Sierra, Anobit, AT&T-Microelectronics, Bell Labs, Nortel Networks, Intel, Cisco, AMD, SEGA, Cadence Design Systems, Matrox Graphics, BroadTel Communications and ENQ Semiconductor. Learn more at http://www.diablo-technologies.com.

CHICAGO, Ill.TmaxSoft, Inc., a multinational technology innovator focused on infrastructure software, today announced they are now an Elite member of the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program.  Elite members of the TAP program collaborate with VMware to integrate and validate their products with VMware solutions to drive transformative business outcomes for customers.

“We welcome TmaxSoft as an Elite member of the VMware TAP program,” said Howard Hall, senior director, Global Alliances & OEMs, VMware. “VMware and our Elite partners are driving the convergence of cloud infrastructure and virtualization for our customers, enabling greater efficiencies and reliability. Through the TAP program, companies like TmaxSoft can extend the benefits of VMware cloud infrastructure to fuel transformation within customer environments.”

"We are excited to partner with VMware to offer a flexible alternative to Oracle for licensing databases in a Virtual Data Center. With Tibero--our drop-in, Oracle compatible database--customers pay only for capacity they use, and get high performance, active clustering, seamless migration, and much lower TCO," said Joshua Yulish, President and CEO of TmaxSoft, Inc.

The VMware Solution Exchange (VSX) is an online virtualization and cloud infrastructure marketplace that provides customers with a single point of entry to discover, evaluate and rate business solutions.

TmaxSoft product information, collateral and other assets are listed within the online VMware Solution Exchange at: https://solutionexchange.vmware.com/store/companies/tmaxsoft

With thousands of members worldwide, the VMware TAP program includes best-of-breed technology partners with the shared commitment to bring the best expertise and business solutions for each unique customer environment.

About TmaxSoft, Inc.

TmaxSoft is a global software innovator focused on infrastructure and data modernization, with solutions that offer enterprise CIOs viable alternatives to support their global IT powerhouses and drive competitive advantage. Tibero is the best enterprise RDBMS for the Virtual Data Center. Our licensing model allows enterprises to fully maximize their virtualization investment by only licensing the cores associated to a given VM, resulting in drastically lower TCO. OpenFrame is a legacy rehosting solution that enables mainframe applications, resources and data to be migrated to a less expensive, high performance open system while reducing TCO and minimizing risk of migration. JEUS is the first Web Application Server in the world to be J2EE 1.4, JAVA EE 5, and JAVA EE 6 Certified, and delivers improved security over traditional WAS. TmaxSoft was founded in 1997 and is the largest independent software company in South Korea. We have over 800 employees in 12 strategic centers around the world. TmaxSoft U.S. headquarters for sales, service, and customer support is located in Chicago. Please visit www.tmaxsoft.com for more information.

Acquisition Expands Cisco's Cloud Security Portfolio

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced today its intent to acquire CloudLock Inc., a privately held cloud security company based in Waltham, Massachusetts. CloudLock specializes in cloud access security broker (CASB) technology that provides enterprises with visibility and analytics around user behavior and sensitive data in cloud services, including SaaS, IaaS and PaaS. The acquisition will further enhance Cisco's security portfolio and build on Cisco's Security Everywhere strategy, designed to provide protection from the cloud to the network to the endpoint.

More data, more devices, and the increasingly decentralized way companies do business means that security has to evolve beyond an on-premises approach. CloudLock helps customers accelerate their cloud adoption by delivering security built specifically to meet the realities of today's cloud-first enterprise. CloudLock's CASB technology helps customers understand and monitor user behavior and sensitive data in cloud applications, providing greater visibility, compliance and threat protection regardless of whether these applications are fully sanctioned by IT or not.

"As companies are migrating to the cloud, they need a technology partner that can accelerate that transition and deliver critical security capabilities for all their users, apps and data in a seamless way," said Rob Salvagno, vice president of Cisco Corporate Development. "CloudLock brings a unique cloud-native, platform and API-based approach to cloud security which allows them to build powerful security solutions that are easy to deploy and simple to manage."

Today's acquisition will help accelerate Cisco's cloud security portfolio, and extend the cloud security offering throughout the enterprise. Together, we plan to offer the industry's broadest cloud security protection and enable our customers to realize the benefits of the mobile-cloud era.

The CloudLock team will join Cisco's Networking and Security Business Group under Senior Vice President and General Manager David Goeckeler. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco will pay $293 million in cash and assumed equity awards, plus additional retention-based incentives for CloudLock employees who join Cisco. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.

About Cisco
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(TNS) - Pat Heenan went from electrician to firefighter in a matter of seconds as a tornado slammed down on one of his customers Wednesday night.

“I was at home just before the tornado struck,” he said.

The owner of Heenan Electric had received a call from the manager of the Pontiac Shell station at Illinois 116 and Deerfield Road, just east of Interstate 55.

“She said the lights were flickering and had gone out and they needed help getting them turned on,” he said.

“I was just leaving my front door to go on the service call about the time the tornado struck.”

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Store-cooler-safest-room-at-the-station-during-tornado.html

Big Data-as-a-service provider BlueData embraced the enterprise, NoSQL database provider Couchbase rolled out a new version that bridges the relational and NoSQL gap, Samsung bets big on IoT research in the US, and Dell has sold Statistica to a private equity firm in this week's Big Data Roundup.

Let's start with the news from BlueData. This Santa Clara, California-based company has specialized in enabling big data-as-a-service, letting organizations spin up virtual Hadoop or Spark clusters and providing on-demand access to applications, data, and infrastructure to data scientists and data analysts.

This week BlueData announced that the enterprise edition of its BlueData EPIC software will run on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and other public cloud services.

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http://www.informationweek.com/big-data/hadoop-public-cloud-service-couchbase-updated-big-data-roundup/d/d-id/1326058

Well, it’s that time again when I write about personal experience rather than academic doctrine and how the two end up conflicting and sometimes not providing what you want in the end.

Recently, during a few meeting it was discussed that a new process was required for Senior Management reporting purposes and the manager requesting the process provided some guidelines/requirements on what was needed.  Sounds easy enough.

The guidelines were set and when some of the work was started, prototypes of what the reporting would look like were provided to the manager to ensure what was being developed met the set guidelines.  After 2 different prototypes it was confirmed that yes, things were meeting requirements (and were actually exceeding them).  Seems good so far, eh?

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https://stoneroad.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/bcm-dr-managing-dependencies-and-expectations/

Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

Brexit Creates Turmoil

Britain’s unexpected vote to leave the European Union has left many unanswered questions, some of which may not be resolved for years as Britain and the EU iron out the details of the split. Meanwhile, in the wake of the announcement, oil prices dropped, global stock markets have taken a significant hit, the Euro and the British Pound plunged.

Fitch said today that overall, Britain’s decision is broadly “credit negative” for most U.K. sectors.

During a Eurasia Group conference call this morning, Europe associate Charles Lichfield asserted, “The U.K. has lost relevance to Washington.” In the past, he explained, the United States has worked closely with Britain on many European issues, but will now bolster relations with Germany, Spain and other countries, bypassing Britain.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/brexit-creates-turmoil/

PHILADELPHIA – FEMA Region III is deploying an Incident Management Assistance Team and Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) teams to West Virginia to provide support and guidance on the Federal Disaster Declaration Process and PDAs in response to current flooding and severe weather.  

These teams will participate in joint PDAs with the State of West Virginia, local officials, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to assess damages and the impact to communities. PDAs, which are an information gathering process, are the first step in helping a governor determine whether the scope of damage is beyond what the state is capable of handling and if additional assistance is necessary.

Information is jointly compiled and reviewed by the state, at which point, the state may decide that a request for federal assistance is warranted. The PDAs will include Clay, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Roane, Webster, and other counties.

FEMA Region III and our partners at the West Virginia Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) want to encourage individuals and families to take steps to be safe during severe weather and flooding events. If drivers encounter water on roadways, turn around, don’t drown.

Residents in potentially affected areas should continue to monitor local radio or television stations for updated emergency information, and follow the instructions of state, local, and tribal officials. If you are in need of emergency assistance, please dial 9-1-1.

When severe weather hits, the first responders are local emergency and public works personnel, volunteers, humanitarian organizations, and numerous private interest groups. The individuals within these organizations provide emergency assistance to protect the public’s health and safety and services to meet immediate needs. For additional safety information, check with your local officials and media sources through social and traditional media accounts.

To learn more about what to do before, during and after severe weather, visit www.Ready.gov.

FEMA’s support of State and Local response and recovery operations are in direct accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Act. For additional information on flood preparedness, visit www.fema.gov/ or www.dhsem.wv.gov.

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. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.  Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.

Monday, 27 June 2016 00:00

Cloud is King

I live in the Hill Country outside Austin where one of our local storytellers, Shake Russell, wrote a song for the Texas sesquicentennial in which he proclaims, “Cotton is King.” He subsequently amends it to say, “Cattle is King,” followed by “Oil is King,” before finally settling on “Willie is King.”

I cannot dispute his nod to Saint Willie, but I feel safe updating Shake’s econ lesson to point out that in 2016, even out here in the boonies, Cloud is King

Case in point: My neighbor, who spends more time on a tractor than a smartphone, is using sensors to track body temperatures of his prized Longhorns via the Cloud as they roam across his 100+ acres. He’s not an early adopter or some tech guru; he has never even heard of IoT. He just likes the sensors “because they
attach to the cows’ ears” – a huge improvement over the old way of taking their temperature.

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http://blogs.cisco.com/datacenter/cloud-is-king