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If you blinked, you would have missed it. That’s how a future tech historian will probably characterize the virtualization era now that containers have emerged as the preferred architecture for data-driven applications.

This isn’t to say that virtualization will no longer be a part of enterprise infrastructure, but that the development and productivity gains will soon move off the virtual layer to a more container-based data stack.

Tech industry analyst Janakiram MSV points to five key signs that the enterprise is on the cusp of a post-virtual environment. Not only is the virtualization market fully saturated by now with more than 75 percent of the enterprise workload now residing on virtual servers, but companies like Docker have demonstrated the efficacy of containers so effectively that even stalwart virtualization backers like VMware and Microsoft have jumped on the bandwagon. At the same time, organizations like the Cloud Foundry Foundation, the Open Container Initiative and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation are starting to coalesce around a new computing paradigm based on containers and container management to accommodate emerging Big Data and mobile applications.



Hurricane Katrina, which pummeled the Gulf Coast of the United States 10 years ago on Aug. 29, has proven to be the deadliest and costliest disaster on record. The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the most active in recorded history with more than 30 tropical and subtropical storms, including 15 hurricanes.

According to the study, Hurricane Katrina 10: Catastrophe Management and Global Windstorm Peril Review by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, it was predicted that hurricanes would become more frequent and intense after 2005, however, “In reality, the exact opposite has occurred,” Andrew Higgins, technical manager, Americas at Allianz Risk Consulting explained in the report. Instead, there has been a reduction in Atlantic hurricane activity during the last 10 years, with 2013 seeing the fewest Atlantic basin hurricanes since 1983. “These results illustrate the fact that we do not fully understand the complex climate variables that affect hurricane activity,” he said.

Because Katrina’s impact was so devastating and widespread, many changes have since been made. New Orleans has built a new system of levees, for example. Flooding caused by Katrina revealed the state of the levee systems in the U.S. to be substandard and in need of repairs estimated at $100 billion,the National Committee on Levee Safety found. “There are many levee systems throughout the U.S. that would reveal similar deficiencies if subjected to the same level of scrutiny as those in New Orleans,” according to the study.



(TNS) - When the U.S. Department of Agriculture denied Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s request for an avian influenza (AI) disaster declaration, it led Iowa farmers and state-level industry organizations to focus on rebuilding the state’s poultry production industry, which helps account for thousands of jobs.

Not only did the governor make a decision in late July to extend the state’s disaster declaration for a third time, to Aug. 30 instead of its planned July 31 expiration, but also, farms have begun to repopulate their flocks.

The extension basically gives agencies and organizations dedicated to stopping the outbreak the resources and authority needed in an emergency.



Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:00

Mainframe Resurgence: Big Iron for Big Data

The mainframe is back in business in the enterprise, a development that comes as a shock to those who predicted that the cloud would have taken over by now.

In reality, the mainframe was never absent from the enterprise, at least in the really large ones that need to pack substantial amounts of computing power. But now that scale and modularity are in big demand, many organizations are looking at the mainframe as a base on which to build Big Data infrastructure.

This is good news for IBM, of course, which has steadfastly supported the mainframe during the decades when distributed blade architectures were all the rage. The company recently launched two new mainframe models, the Emperor and the entry-level Rockhopper, running the new LinuxOne operating system based on Canonical’s Ubuntu distribution. The combo is targeted toward the rising cadre of Big Data tools, such as Apache Spark, MongoDB and PostgreSQL, and will likely become the focus of IBM’s contribution to the new Open Mainframe Project that looks to do for the mainframe what Google’s Open Compute Project is doing for scale-out commodity infrastructure.



Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:00

Could hackers take down a city?

First the power goes out. It's not clear what's gone wrong, but cars are starting to jam the streets -- the traffic light are down. And something seems to be going haywire with the subways, too.

No one can get to work. And even if they could, what would they do? A cyberattack has driven the city to a halt.

Of course, that hasn't happened yet -- and to a lot of people the idea of malicious hackers taking down a city still sounds like a bad movie plot. But it may not be as crazy as it sounds, according to security experts who say cities' increasing dependence on technology and the haphazard ways those systems sometimes connect could leave them vulnerable to someone looking to cause chaos.



Thursday, 20 August 2015 00:00


The Lafayette, Louisiana movie theater shooting was methodically planned. The shooter, John Russell Houser, is reported to have visited other theaters prior to the attack and had been to the Grand 16 movie theater in Lafayette at least once prior.  So, why did he choose this Lafayette theater over the others that he visited? Did the others have better security or at least portray that they were more secure and better prepared?

When analyzing cases like Lafayette, we often hear about what a person with malicious intentions did in the build up to the attack. This can be a physical or a digital (cyber) related event. The hostile might want to kill, or he could be looking for trade secrets and intellectual property, or to cause embarrassment in the case of most cyber-attacks. Whatever the reason, they all have one thing in common – they conduct a period of digital surveillance as part of their initial planning process.

What can movie theaters and other businesses do to help protect themselves against such tragedy and threats against their employees, customers, and other assets? Evaluating your organization’s digital profile is the first place that you can start to protect yourself against hostiles.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Milbank is pleased to announce the launch of its new 12kW home standby generator. Installed on residential properties to provide backup power in the event of an outage, the new 12kW model provides homeowners with a smaller, quieter and more powerful generator solution.


Some of the many improvements to the 12kW model include a significant decrease in sound decibel rating as well as a front exhaust, which allows for flexible placement as close as 18 inches from the home*. Its engine has been replaced with the trusted Briggs & Stratton Vanguard™ engine, and its AGM battery replaced by an easier-to-maintain lead acid battery. The new model also boasts one of the smallest footprints and lowest weights in the industry in its kilowatt size.


"The 12kW model has consistently been one of our top selling home standby generators because of its ability to utilize whole-house power management when accompanied with our SynapSwitch™ automatic transfer switch," said Chris Buelow, general manager of Milbank's PowerGen™ division. "The redesign and accompanying advancements will only enhance this product line and our overall portfolio." 


When paired with the SynapSwitch™, one of Milbank's intelligent automatic transfer switches, the 12kW generator can provide homeowners with managed, whole-house power. Rather than powering limited, pre-selected circuits determined during installation, whole-house power management allows the generator to manage electrical loads based on priority or size. 


"Milbank constantly looks for ways to improve our products and services, and we're confident that the new 12kW home standby generator will make life easier not only for homeowners, but also for the technicians installing and servicing the product in the field," said Buelow.


*Installations must strictly comply with all applicable codes, industry standards, laws, regulations and provided installation manual. 


About Milbank

Milbank designs and builds solutions that move power for the residential, commercial, industrial, utility and transportation sectors. Milbank combines more than 85 years of expertise in electrical engineering, design and production with a commitment to develop and implement sustainable, integrated power solutions. Milbank's portfolio includes electric metering systems, energy management solutions, enclosed controls and standby and portable power. A third-generation, family-owned business, Milbank is headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, please visit www.milbankworks.com.

ThermaCELL’s Heated Insoles and Pocket Heat Packs Warm-up Outdoor Activities



Burlington, Mass. – Schawbel Technologies LLC has made it their mission to keep consumers warm from head to toe this winter with ThermaCELL Heated Insoles and the new ThermaCELL Heat Packs.  A single charge on either product provides several hours of warmth to feet, hands, head, and most other areas of the body. 


Cold weather can put a damper on outdoor activities. While layering clothing and staying on the move can help, hands and feet often take the brunt of the chill. This winter, consumers can have an extra method of defense in their boots with ThermaCELL Heated Insoles and gloves or pockets with ThermaCELL Heat Packs. 


Made of comfortable, breathable Polyurethane foam and with advanced heat technology, ThermaCELL Heated Insoles provide remote controlled foot warming comfort. The high-tech wireless remote allows fingertip control between medium heat (100°F), high heat (111°F) and no heat, through the use of a built-in thermostat. This advanced functionality allows convenient adjustability while feet stay comfortably inside shoes or boots. ThermaCELL Heated Insoles are available in a variety of sizes in both Original (MSRP $129.99) and ProFLEX (MSRP $179.99) models. 


ThermaCELL Heat Packs, the newest introduction to the warming product line, are thin, rechargeable, long-lasting warmers with three temperature settings reaching up to 116°F. Heat Packs in Hand Warmer (MSRP $79.99 for 2-pack) and Pocket Warmer (MSRP $69.99 for 1-pack) versions fit easily inside almost any hat, glove, or pocket and are built with water-resistant materials to withstand even the harshest winter elements. Heat Packs feature easy ON/OFF manipulation and a charge-time of 2 to 3 hours for the Hand Warmers, and 3 to 4 hours for the Pocket Warmers. Both models are made of shock-resistant, easy-to-grip molded Thermoplastic Polyurethane material and medical-grade Silicone. 


The ThermaCELL heated products line is ideal for any outdoor activity during the coldest months of the year. Whether hunting, hitting the slopes, or building a snowman, consumers will be able to enjoy their time outdoors longer with added heat from ThermaCELL’s Heated Insoles and Heat Packs. ThermaCELL is available for purchase at retailers throughout North America including Bass Pro Shops, Academy, LL Bean, Cabela’s, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, among others.  


About Schawbel Technologies LLC

ThermaCELL Heat Packs and Heated Insoles are products of Schawbel Technologies LLC, a company primarily focused on providing consumer comfort through innovative, patented products.  Schawbel Technologies is a spin-off from The Schawbel Corporation, which was founded in 1981 by William Schawbel through the acquisition of two divisions from the Gillette Company.  All products undergo rigorous third-party testing and meet or exceed battery, materials, and safety certifications and standards worldwide.  For more information about Schawbel products, visit http://heat.thermacell.com or call 1-866-651-7579.


HIGH WYCOMBE – Star Micronics is pleased to announce that more independent software vendors (ISVs) have incorporated mPOP™, a unique all-in-one mobile point of purchase solution, into their retail and hospitality software. Designed for the micro merchant, mPOP will be available from September 2015. 


Combining a 58mm Bluetooth thermal printer with a cash drawer, mPOP provides the ultimate space saving mobile POS system for retail and hospitality. Outstanding connectivity and compact design alongside intuitive functionality and simple integration define Star’s unique easily integrated mobile POS system.


AirPOS (AirPOS) offers simple to setup and easy to use POS and payments software for UK and Irish retailers. AirPOS helps its customers to sell efficiently both in their shops and online, control their inventory and analyse crucial business data like never before. www.airpointofsale.com


“Star is really leading the field with mPOP. It’s a fantastic solution for micro merchants and I can already see many customers finding this the perfect mPOS solution for their business.” Martin Neill, CEO, AirPOS


eirpoint (m-Point : Mobile POS) specialises in the delivery of mobile retail solutions for those who want to mobilise their store staff or trade at pop-up mobile retail events and has deployed over 3000 mobile licenses in over 800 stores in the UK, Ireland and more recently in mainland Europe. eirpoint also provide a range of mobile POS solutions including Apple POS, iPad POS and Windows mobile POS systems. www.eirpoint.com


“Star has really identified a niche in the mPOS marketplace for such a solution. mPOP demonstrates Star’s forward thinking and leading position in terms of new product development.” Niall Cannon, Founder/CEO, eirpoint


ShopKonnect (ShopKonnect / Engage) delivers measurable results for Bricks & Mortar and Multi Channel Retailers throughout the in-store and online customer lifecycle. ShopKonnect’s Analytics dashboard provides an overview of all customer interactions, financial performance, effectiveness of programmes and shopping trends enabling you to know your customers and their purchase patterns. www.shopkonnect.com


“It has been so straightforward to integrate mPOP into our software given the excellent technical support we have received from Star.” Sen Sampanthar, CEO, ShopKonnect


Shopwave (Shopwave Connect) empowers retailers to gain a deeper understanding of their day-to-day business across multiple stores by providing enterprise grade, real-time analytics through an easy to use iPad Point of Sale application that is powerful yet easy to use. It facilitates seamless retailer integration with the latest technologies including mobile payments, queue busting tools and live inventory order management. www.getshopwave.com


“We are always keen to integrate Star solutions and mPOP is no exception. This unique solution further extends Star’s leading position in terms of providing innovative, high performance mPOS solutions for retail and hospitality.” Ben Brown, Founder, Shopwave 


mPOP has received Apple Inc.’s MFi (Made for iPhone, iPad, iPod) certification and works with all major operating systems including Apple iOS, Android and Windows to provide users with a versatile solution that is ready to work with a chosen mobile, software and card payment system.


Bluetooth connectivity results in only one mains cable being required for full operation while the mPOP LED display will quickly determine pairing status as well as any issues such as paper out, etc. With 4 USB ports, additional tablet, phone, scanner, etc charging is available from the one cable. 


Simple and stylish, the lightweight and portable solution is just 10cm high and 30cm wide with a sleek design that will complement any counter top. Alternatively, mPOP with front feed receipting can easily be secured under the counter for enhanced space-saving. The system incorporates a reliable 100mm/second thermal printer with intuitive top loading and easy front feed as well as a partial cut guillotine that automatically cuts the 58mm wide receipt. mPOP can be purchased with a plug and play scanner or this can be added as a later option. 


The multiple functions and connectivity associated with mPOP make processing customer transactions smooth and effortless for a range of outlets including bars, cafés, florists and pop up shops.


Annette Tarlton, Marketing Director, Star Micronics EMEA, states: “The high level of interest in mPOP among ISVs demonstrates the growing demand for a solution that responds to the needs of the emerging micro merchant. With its wealth of features and sleek design, mPOP represents a new era for mPOS.”


Background Information on Star Micronics 

Founded in 1947, Star Micronics is one of the world's largest printer manufacturers and has facilities for worldwide production, marketing and support. Employing over 1900 staff and achieving turnover in excess of £250 million, Star Micronics has developed a POS printer portfolio that spans thermal and dot matrix printers and mechanisms, designed for barcode, ticketing, receipts and labelling. Star's proven technology is also being utilised to develop reader/writer systems for visual/smart and magnetic stripe cards and to install print mechanisms in multimedia kiosk environments. The Star Micronics' range is available internationally via a distribution channel comprising distributors and dealers.

Leading National Property Restoration Firm Ranked in Top 500 for 2nd Consecutive Year


WHEELING, Ill. – Response Team 1, a leading national property restoration, disaster loss recovery, and multifamilyrenovation company, has been named for the second consecutive year to the coveted Inc. Magazine 500 list as one of the top 500 fastest growing private companies in America. The company captured the 352nd slot in the ranking, up from 422 last year, with revenue of $173.5 million.


The list is determined by the rate of revenue growth from 2011 to 2014. Response Team 1 grew revenue 1,339 percent in three years, making it the ninth fastest growing construction company nationally and in the top 20 of all Chicago metro area firms.


“To be included among the top 500 companies on the Inc. list for a second consecutive year demonstrates our ongoing commitment to building our business,” said John M. Goense, chairman and chief executive officer of Response Team 1. “Over the last three years we added 560 employees to the RT1 team. Our success is due to the talent, dedication and hard work of our employees.


“As we grow in the U.S. market, we will continue to make it our mission to provide the highest quality service while delivering optimal results to our customers.”


The Inc. 500 | 5000 list represents an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies, and includes a comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent entrepreneurs.


To qualify, participants had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent companies – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – that were founded and generated revenue by March 31, 2011. 


Complete results, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, is available at www.inc.com/inc5000.


About Response Team 1

Response Team 1 is an award-winning national leader in the property restoration, disaster loss recovery and multifamily renovation industries. We are committed to getting life back to normal quickly and correctly for our customers. With decades of experience in quickly responding to large losses and community weather events, Response Team 1 serves the continental U.S. from 30 strategic locations.

For more information visit www.responseteam1.com.