Online giant Google raised eyebrows recently when it stated that it was starting up two billion containers a week in its computing infrastructure. But the type of containers the company was talking about were logical instances inside its computers, not the mammoth steel boxes that are shipped by truck, rail and ship. Google’s containers are its solution to an issue concerning conventional server virtualisation, which involves more overhead than the provider is prepared to accept. A new development in IT, its new ‘lightweight virtualisation’ may be attractive to other organisations too. Yet, in certain circumstances, a real steel container may also hold the solution for business continuity.
Resiliency is about bouncing back from something. It doesn’t always mean a catastrophe. It can also mean recovering from the simple annoyances of life. Most people are resilient, but have different levels, styles and speeds of their bounce-backs. Think of it as elastic. It can stretch but comes back to essentially its original shape. When it doesn’t, you know it is time to do something about it. Research shows that resiliency is learned. So you can learn and do more to become more resilient. I’ll be sharing MUCH more about this as the new year unfolds. My new wesite will reflect this and I have several fun project in the works for 2015. In the meantime, practice managing your daily stressors by becoming a Weeble®…you know…they “wobble but they don’t fall down.”
Chuck Wallace is the deputy director of emergency management for Grays Harbor County, Wash., a Pacific Ocean-facing county. He is a 31-year veteran of the fire service, retiring from the Philadelphia Fire Department in 2007. In addition to his duties in emergency management, he also serves as the fire chief at Grays Harbor County Fire Protection District #11 and as an elected fire commissioner for Grays Harbor County Fire Protection District #11. In addition to his county duties, he serves on a number of regional emergency management committees. Currently attending Evergreen State College, Wallace expects to graduate in June 2015 with a master’s degree in public administration.
Wallace participated in an interview with Emergency Management to share the challenges and success he has had in promoting tsunami mitigation measures in his county. Wallace also addresses the county’s vertical evacuation, tsunami-engineered, safe haven building, which he says is the first in North America.
By Gail Dutton
Virtual reality (VR) finally is on the verge of becoming practical. With new, light-weight headsets that provide immediate response times coming onto the market, VR advocates say almost every industry could benefit by immersing their employees or clients into virtual worlds for some activities.
Real estate sales is a prime example. Sacramento broke ground in October for the Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC), replacing the Sacramento Kings’ Sleep Train arena. With completion still two years away, selling the high-end Kings suites normally would rely on architectural renderings and floor plans. Instead, potential buyers can strap on a VR headset and tour a realistic virtual model that has the same look and feel as the finished, amenity-rich suites. Cha-ching!
From a participant’s perspective, being in a virtual world is like being in a real world. Perspective is determined by position trackers linked to the goggles, so when you turn around, you see what’s behind you. The result is a very realistic, immersive experience.
Customer service, network security and access to the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP) were also critical requirements
ATLANTA – Colo Atl, the leading provider of network-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection solutions at 55 Marietta Street in Atlanta, GA, announces today that Sago Networks, a debt free privately owned company with raised floor data centers in Atlanta and Tampa, has joined Colo Atl’s growing list of network operators and service providers.
Citing Colo Atl’s ability to provide N+1 redundancy, access to multiple tier-1 network operators and its SSAE 16 certified facility; the key differentiator was Colo Atl being home to the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP). SNAP is a next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) supporting IPv4, IPv6 as well as OpenFlow and Software Defined Networking (SDN).
"N+1 system redundancy is crucial to providing the level of service our customers demand; it’s about having confidence that any and all provisions have been made, even those we haven’t thought of,” comments Miller Cooper, Owner Sago Networks. “Considering Colo Atl’s optimal location, direct access to tier-1 network providers, SSAE 16 certification, access to SNAP and no monthly recurring cross connect fees, colocating here was an easy decision.”
A privately owned company with raised floor data centers in Atlanta and Tampa, Sago also owns and operates a fiber ring in Atlanta and fiber paths in Tampa. Sago connects its Norcross, GA data center to Colo Atl’s facilities using two distinct fiber connections to give a high level of service to it colocation, dedicated server, wireless internet, cloud and managed services clients.
“We are excited to welcome Sago Networks to Colo Atl’s family of growing network operators, service providers and businesses,” states Tim Kiser, Owner and Founder of Colo Atl. “A comprehensive telecommunications provider, Sago had a number of critical requirements that had to be met before we could even be considered; I’m happy to say that we met those requirements and will continue to meet their requirements as our respective services evolve.”
Established in November 2001, the Colo Atl colocation and Meet Me Room (MMR) facility is located across two floors of 55 Marietta Street in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Colo Atl is a reasonable, accommodating and cost-effective interconnection environment for more than 80 local, regional and global network operators.
For more information about Sago Networks, call 813.343.0006 or visit us www.sagonet.com.
About Colo Atl
Colo Atl, a JT Communications company, is the leading provider of network-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection solutions at 55 Marietta Street in the global telecom hub of Atlanta, GA. Colo Atl provides superior network-neutral colocation, data center and interconnection services at an affordable rate. Colo Atl is a network-neutral environment that allows all types of network operators to securely and conveniently cross connect within a SSAE 16 certified facility. Colo Atl has no monthly recurring cross connect fees between tenants and provides exceptional customer service.
Colo Atl is also home to the Georgia Technology Center (GTC), a live laboratory for network equipment vendors to highlight their optical and electrical hardware and operating systems, and the Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP), which provides next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) solutions, including SDN peering, testing, collaboration and implementation.
About Southeast Network Access Point (SNAP)
SNAP is a next-generation Internet Exchange (IX) supporting IPv4, IPv6 as well as OpenFlow and Software Defined Networking (SDN). Its mission is to not only support global peering, but also the collaborative development of an entirely new structure for Internet Protocol network peering. SNAP, located within the Georgia Technology Center, is a public IX built on Brocade equipment and the support of its Founding Members, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI), US Ignite, Southern Light Rail and PeachNet. For more information about the SNAP or to schedule a briefing, contact us at info@SoutheastNAP.com. Follow SNAP on Twitter @SoutheastNAP.
About Sago Networks
Sago Networks is a 14 year old privately owned company with raised floor data centers in Atlanta and Tampa. In addition we own and operate a fiber ring in Atlanta and fiber paths in Tampa. Sago Networks mission is to be a one-stop shop for all of its customer’s bandwidth and custom telecommunications needs with quality service offering of reliable dedicated servers, flexible virtual servers, cloud, secure wireless and fiber internet provider, customized colocation solutions of any size. For more information, contact Sam Galbraith 404.944.6023 firstname.lastname@example.org or 813.343.0006 ext 4035. Visit us www.sagonet.com. Follow us on Twitter @SagoNetworks
With 2014 Cyber Monday Sales Estimates Topping $2.65 Billion, Website Uptime Is Critical
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis-based Connectria Hosting, a world leader in hosting customers in Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the founder of the No Jerks Allowed® movement, today announced the findings of a survey conducted at this year’s AWS re:Invent conference. While most consumers are concerned with getting the best deals this time of year, IT professionals are concerned - and tasked – with keeping everything running behind the scenes. Connectria randomly asked more than 100 AWS re:Invent attendees about their level of concern and preparedness for downtime this holiday season.
“While Amazon has done a phenomenal job in making it easier to build redundancy into your applications, things don’t always replicate or failover properly – and a system that’s gotten hacked is a down system”
- 39% of respondents were worried about website downtime with holiday shopping season approaching.
- 35% did not have a plan in place should their website go down during peak hours.
With more companies moving their workloads to AWS, these findings indicate a critical need to leverage companies like Connectria with proven skills implementing and running highly reliable systems in AWS.
“While Amazon has done a phenomenal job in making it easier to build redundancy into your applications, things don’t always replicate or failover properly – and a system that’s gotten hacked is a down system,” said Rich Waidmann, president and CEO of Connectria. “In light of the increasing amount of business done or supported online, it’s critical for customers moving to AWS to work with a company like Connectria with proven skills building and running secure and reliable AWS environments. Our first customer was Deutsche Bank in 1998, and we’ve been at the forefront of running highly reliable systems for nearly two decades. Since we began hosting customers in AWS, we’ve been able to leverage our proven expertise building and managing highly reliable environments so that our customers are able to avoid downtime.”
The results of this survey followed an earlier announcement regarding survey findings from re:Invent which revealed 1 Out Of 3 IT Professionals are not aware of their vendor’s security practices. For more information regarding this survey, please visit: Amazon re:Invent Security Survey.
For more information regarding the Amazon re:Invent Uptime Survey, please visit: http://www.connectria.com/blog/?p=1618.
Connectria Hosting provides award-winning cloud computing, managed hosting and custom managed hosting solutions for more than 1,000 customers in over 30 countries worldwide. Recognized as the #1 Cloud in North America, we are experts in complex multi-vendor solutions, and we support the broadest range of technologies, managed services and security in the industry. At the core of Connectria is our No Jerks Allowed® company philosophy. As The Jerk Free Company®, we’ve established a unique culture where every individual goes “the extra mile” to take care of our customers. Being The Jerk Free Company extends beyond our people too. We make it easy to do business with us through flexible terms, scalable solutions and straight-forward pricing to serve the hosting needs of large and small organizations alike.
KEMP, Texas – Larson Electronics has added to its extensive range of industrial grade lighting equipment with the release of a 150 watt quadpod mounted work light. Built to provide a high power lighting solution that requires minimal setup time, the WAL-QP-1X150RT-GCR50 provides operators with an ideal lighting solution that features a quadpod with solid wheels for portability and a single 150 watt LED light head.
The WAL-QP-1X150RT-GCR50 from Larson Electronics is a quadpod mounted work area light that provides 9,000 square feet of work area coverage with 12,500 lumens of light. This portable light tower has a removable light head assembly mounted on top of a four leg aluminum quadpod equipped with wheels for easy positioning from one work space to another. This adjustable and collapsible quadpod can be extended to twelve feet and collapsed to four and a half feet. The light assembly on this unit can be removed by releasing the hand knob and sliding the light and mounting bracket off of the center support while the legs can be collapsed, aiding in deployment, storage and transport. Included with this LED quadpod mounted light is fifty feet of 16/3 SOOW cord housed inside a retractable cord reel, which combined with the adjustability offered by the LED light head, provides ample length for tower placement and optimal coverage of the workspace.
The WAL-QP-1X150RT-GCR50 is a heavy duty unit designed for use in inclement conditions and for overall longevity in difficult construction environments with heavy duty aluminum construction and stainless steel hardware for maximum durability. Larson Electronics’ work lights are designed for industrial, emergency response and military applications, where the operators are working in harsh, destructive environments and require durable, dependable lighting.
“The collapsible design of this quadpod makes portability a breeze,” Rob Bresnahan with Larsonelectronics.com said. “This light assembly produces a wide flood pattern that makes it ideal for illuminating large work spaces and job sites.”
Larson Electronics carries an extensive line of explosion proof lights, hazardous location lights, intrinsically safe lights, oil rig lights and explosion proof tank lights. You can view Larson Electronics’ entire line of explosion proof lighting at www.larsonelectronics.com. Larson Electronics can be reached directly by calling 1-800-369-6671 or 1-214-616-6180 for international inquiries.
Containers, Convergence, Cloud Security, Closets, Crowd Workers and Coexistence to drive the IT industry agenda in coming year
NEW YORK – 451 Research, a preeminent IT research and advisory company with a core focus on technology innovation and market disruption, today announces the key trends that it expects to dominate the IT industry agenda over the coming year: Containers, Convergence, Cloud Security, Closets, Crowd Workers and Coexistence. These “6 Cs of 2015 ” represent just a few of the disruptive trends that will be published in 451 Research’s 2015 Preview Reports.
The 6 Cs for 2015 are:
- Containers – There is an explosion of activity around Docker and containerization leading 451 analysts to anticipate disruption in IT departments in 2015 as they start to use Docker. While containerization technology has existed for years, Docker is a more modern, lightweight form that is widely viewed as a next-generation virtualization technology. 451 analysts believe Docker will be adopted by large enterprises to work alongside, as well as replace, traditional VMs because of its management and efficiency advantages. Docker has not yet achieved parity with traditional VMs in some critical areas, including orchestration and security, and a large number of vendors are rapidly addressing this.
- Convergence – One of the most hotly debated areas in IT is the evolution of integrated platforms. Hyper-convergence has exploded, and we will see the first signs of meaningful adoption in 2015. Enterprises are tempted by the promise of improved efficiencies from integrating compute, storage and networking, while vendors are attracted by the potential to differentiate product offerings in the face of commodification. The larger questions are whether either of these expectations can be realized and what the move to new product categories means for the IT marketplace. What we know for certain is that in 2015, vendors will have to change their approach to product delivery and their partner ecosystems, and customers will have to adjust their operations to gain the benefits of convergence.
- Cloud Security – Security spending is up again. In 2015, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, venture capital and private equity funding will continue at or near record levels. This is good news for the industry, but the underlying causes are not something to cheer about. Security is in large part reactive: new tools emerge as new IT architectures evolve. The growth in IT and mobility means that security will follow suit, roughly two years behind. Not only are new products coming along to match IT developments and widespread vulnerabilities, but they’re also all claiming to be complementary to the existing security. This will cause enterprises to pile on more layers in the coming year.
- Closets – Demand for data and processing continues exponentially. But as the debate about Net Neutrality demonstrates, there are many technical and commercial constraints involved in accessing or delivering data over wide-area and public networks. Part of the solution may lie with the micromodular datacenter – the next generation of server closet. These small datacenters bring processing and storage near the point of use and are delivered as complete, self-contained products. Micromodular datacenters include IT capability (processing, storage and connectivity) coupled with the supporting infrastructure such as uninterruptible power, cooling, fire suppression, security, a complete management system and a hardened shell. They can currently support up to 50kW of IT load and can be configured to support specialist local loads for DevOps, Internet of Things connectivity or HPC. 451 Research expects micromodular datacenters to emerge as an important execution venue and an outer “edge” tier in the datacenter hierarchy.
- Crowd Workers – The structure of the workforce and the way people work is changing at a faster pace than companies’ abilities to effectively manage that change. Human resources systems that were conceived in the 1990s are showing their age because they were not designed to deal with the multiplicity of working structures that are emerging. In 2015, we anticipate this disconnect will increase as workers become disassociated with the firms that employ them, whether this be through increased mobility, remote working practices or the use of outsourced, freelance or crowd workers. This is impacting processes such as on-boarding and off-boarding, corporate communications, and time and task tracking.
- Coexistence – The data management landscape is changing. Gone are the days when IT ruled data, metering it out to data scientists and analysts for reporting and analysis projects. The rise of self-service data-preparation tools from a crop of startups is putting data management directly into the hands of analysts. As 2015 progresses, the number of DIY offerings for importing, cleansing, mapping, combining and transforming datasets will grow. Analysts will adopt them – as will data-savvy marketers and sales personnel – building on their familiarity with the self-service discovery and visual-analysis tools, which first untethered them from dependence on the IT department for data. We believe that self-service data preparation and harmonization will complement and coexist with IT’s traditional data management tools, which will continue to address critical issues around data security, compliance and governance.
"While the 6 Cs are some of the more interesting trends, we have identified many others that will impact the way many do business in 2015 and beyond.” states Brett Azuma, SVP of Research, 451 Research. “Our analysis includes an assessment of the market impact, who stands to gain from these trends and most importantly, recommendations on how to capitalize on them.”
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About 451 Research
451 Research is a preeminent information technology research and advisory company. With a core focus on technology innovation and market disruption, we provide essential insight for leaders of the digital economy. More than 100 analysts and consultants deliver that insight via syndicated research, advisory services and live events to over 1,000 client organizations in North America, Europe and around the world. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in New York, 451 Research is a division of The 451 Group. Learn more.
Exponential-e awarded 2014 Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Leadership Award
LONDON – British Cloud and Connectivity provider, Exponential-e, has been awarded the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Leadership Award, which predicts the company will become one of the UK’s top providers after its analysis of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market. The award applauds Exponential-e for providing the UK’s small and mid-sized businesses (SMEs) with access to Enterprise-class solutions that are tailored to meet individual business needs.
“We are delighted Frost & Sullivan has recognised that the combination of our wholly owned network and secure private cloud means SMEs can start using the power of the Cloud to build an IT environment that meets their unique demands,” reflected Lee Wade, CEO, Exponential-e. “British SMEs are pioneers they are more nimble than large Enterprises with more intensive demand than consumers. Instead of adopting a one-size-fits-all approach, we ensure that these organisations can choose from a range of services so that they have the technical resources to step up their game and successfully compete against the big players.”
Exponential-e has been recognised for its customer-first approach, which aims to empower SMEs to transition from cumbersome legacy IT infrastructures to one single platform capable of supporting high-bandwidth applications and future growth. Using its wholly-owned 100 Gigabit core Ethernet network, Exponential-e combines a superfast private Cloud with critical business applications. This means that organisations can combine Enterprise-class Internet and high-value fibre connectivity with up to five different Cloud and Voice services - ranging from Bandwidth Control, Insight Monitoring, Bring-Your-Own-Device Support, Secure Online Backup, Server Replication to Enterprise Security and Unified Communications. All services are delivered down a single piece of fibre so turning services on-and-off, or scaling them, is simple and practically instantaneous, helping resolve growth issues.
To enable SMEs to better manage Cloud services, Exponential-e offers a unique connectivity product, CloudNet, which offers a single end-to-end Service Level Agreement (SLA) that ensures businesses receive consistent Network performance, with a single point of contact for incident management. Every element of the service is run through Exponential-e's owned core Network and Data Centres, meaning CloudNet can bring a flexible portfolio of services, whilst guaranteeing high performance to 90 per cent of the UK's businesses. Exponential-e also integrates with the existing IT infrastructure that SMEs have in place, providing direct private access to the majority of public Cloud services. By ensuring that data is never sent over the public Internet but instead remains within the customer’s Local Area network (LAN), Exponential-e is changing the way Cloud services are accessed. Using only private connectivity this way helps organisations to avoid the security issues that come with traditional Cloud models.
Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Ben Gresham concluded: “Exponential-e offers the most flexible solutions, where its customers truly feel the same security and control as if the infrastructure resides locally. Instead of providing generic bundles, which may or may not be best for the customer, Exponential-e offers tailored solutions under a single service level agreement (SLA). While providing the best total customer experience, the à la carte methodology of CloudNet provides a vast range of services and is a prime example of Exponential-e’s no-nonsense philosophy. While dealing with SMEs, Exponential-e meets customers’ needs with a flexible, secure, accessible service at a value that cannot be beaten.”
Exponential-e is a British Cloud and connectivity pioneer with a difference. Its Cloud services do not traverse the public Internet. Instead, they reside (logically) on a customer's LAN, on the clean side of the firewall so security and privacy concerns are negated. Exponential-e wholly owns a super-fast 100 Gigabit Ethernet Layer 2 VPLS Network that guarantees a superior level of resilience, reliability and performance. Exponential-e also integrates with third party providers and bespoke applications for both the Enterprise and SMEs with an end-to-end SLA.
That’s why it’s trusted by 1,700 customers, boasts 96% customer reference-ability, features in the London Stock Exchange's Top 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain and was included in the Investec Top 100 fastest growing UK Mid-Market companies.
Exponential-e's services are delivered down one pipe, enabling 100% network visibility and control. The company has demonstrated the highest levels of compliance with industry standards and has been awarded five ISO accreditations including the highly coveted Cloud Security Alliance STAR. Exponential-e’s product portfolio includes services for Cloud & IT, Voice, Networking, Data Centres and Professional Services.
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CAMBRIDGE – Leading sustainability software firm CRedit360 has helped global chemistry company Solvay to introduce a consistent, group-wide approach to sustainability reporting, following its acquisition of Rhodia. Equipped with the CRedit360 system, Solvay is set to streamline its data management, improve the quality of the group’s sustainability disclosures and promote greater collaboration between business units. With the time saved, it will place a greater focus on analysis and strategy, as it seeks to make progress on its overarching ‘Solvay Way’ sustainability policy and move towards integrated reporting.
Solvay, which has 29,400 employees in 56 countries, was already in talks with CRedit360 to introduce a uniform way to analyse and report its global sustainability data. Individual business units used different data management systems, with little cross-functional collaboration on sustainability and no global approach to defining material issues. Following Solvay’s acquisition of Rhodia, these issues were compounded. Its new employees used a different set of processes and reporting tools, while the acquisition also increased the complexity of the data management challenge, with many more sites, business units and countries to monitor.
“We are committed to increasing the quality and consistency of our sustainability reporting and adopting a uniform way of reviewing group-wide data is a vital part of this,” says Michel Washer, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, Solvay. “The CRedit360 solution will allow us to consolidate and analyse data from different entities while retaining other existing systems, and step up our focus on performance analysis.”
Some 400+ users will use the system, tracking more than 1000+ sustainability indicators. The CRedit360 team has also configured the system to allow Solvay to report on key aspects outside of the GRI G4 framework, such as environmental incidents. Using the CRedit360 solution, Solvay’s Sustainable Development team will be able to achieve a clearer overview of its global sustainability data and enhance the effectiveness of its annual Solway Way assessment.
“We worked closely with Solvay to engage its internal stakeholders and demonstrate exactly how the system would meet their sustainability reporting needs,” says Richard Kirby, Director, CRedit360. “The CRedit360 system will act as a consolidator, forming a central database of information fed in from existing data management systems. Each business unit will also have access to specific performance dashboards and Solvay will be able to respond more efficiently to multiple reporting frameworks and surveys.”
The CRedit360 system will increasingly become a strategic tool to prompt greater collaboration between Solvay’s different functions on sustainability performance, with a particular emphasis on analysis. Looking to the future, Solvay may also scale its use of the solution to replace certain legacy systems, as it seeks to further streamline the reporting process.
For further information on streamlining sustainability reporting with CRedit360 software, please visit www.credit360.com. To download the full Solvay case study, please click here: http://www.credit360.com/docref/69007.
CRedit360’s modular web-based platform helps companies to accurately capture, manage and analyse environmental, safety, supplier and social data; providing a 360° view on their sustainability performance.
Founded in 2002, CRedit360 has over 175 customers including Philips, HEINEKEN, Nestlé and McDonald’s. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with offices in the USA and Australia. CRedit360 was recently named as a global leader in both sustainability management software and EHS software by independent analyst firm Verdantix.
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