Advanced strategies can add capacity without a massive capital investment
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR) and a global leader in maximizing availability, capacity and efficiency of critical infrastructure, today released a CIO Playbook, “Creating an IT Infrastructure that Adapts to Your Business,” designed to help IT decision-makers learn how to cost-effectively build an infrastructure that can adapt to meet business needs.
In many cases, a lack of resources—investment in new or existing facilities or infrastructure, or lack of time to optimize existing systems—is the primary factor limiting organizational growth. “Creating an IT Infrastructure that Adapts to Your Business” poses questions and offers strategies to help IT decision-makers overcome some of those impediments.
“Limitations to the physical infrastructure—power, cooling and space—will always exist, but CIOs and data center managers have greater visibility into their networks and infrastructures than ever before,” said Peter Panfil, vice president, global power, Emerson Network Power. “With a more accurate understanding of the network’s true capacity, utilization and load criticality, CIOs can deploy technologies to more cost-effectively prepare for their future business demands.”
The Playbook explains that a deep understanding of the IT load, its criticality and available capacity can help businesses put together a plan that considers three key strategies for creating a more scalable, adaptable infrastructure:
· Use advanced technology or software to unlock existing capacity and scale up or down. Today’s power and cooling technologies have the capability to scale up and down as needed, or to support various applications that might be ramping up when others are cycling down. Understanding these patterns and optimizing utilization rates dramatically improves facility-wide energy efficiency and helps avoid bloated data centers.
· Scale up with building blocks. The introduction of self-contained, integrated and modular power and cooling systems—including everything from row-based UPS and cooling systems to large containers with complete infrastructures—makes incremental investment in infrastructure capacity possible. In some cases, that level of convenience and flexibility is enough to overcome some sacrifices in terms of capital and operational expenses.
· Just do it. If a data center has (a) reached the limits of its existing capacity; (b) exhausted its options for unlocking more; (c) run out of physical space to grow; and (d) eliminated outsourcing as an option, then the time has come to build a new facility—one with infrastructure technologies that enable intelligent, efficient IT growth that meets current and future business needs.
With a whole spectrum of choices available, budget-conscious businesses will use all the information available to them with today’s advanced technologies to ensure they make the right choice.
“Creating an IT Infrastructure that Adapts to Your Business” is available at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com/CIOtopics. Panfil’s podcast on the topic can be accessed at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com. For more information on products and solutions from Emerson Network Power, visit www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson (NYSE:EMR), delivers software, hardware and services that maximize availability, capacity and efficiency for data centers, healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.
ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. – Big data—dubbed “the new oil” by the World Economic Forum—can improve decision making, reduce time to market and increase profits. But it can also raise significant risk, ranging from disastrous data breaches to privacy and compliance concerns. To help enterprises retain control of their massive and fast-changing information, ISACA has issued new guidance available freely at www.isaca.org/privacy-and-big-data. Privacy and Big Data: An ISACA White Paper outlines critical governance and assurance considerations as well as key questions that must be answered.
“CIOs are often under pressure from the board and senior leadership to implement big data before proper risk management and controls are in place, in order to compete in the marketplace,” said Richard Chew, CISA, CISM, CGEIT, a developer of the ISACA paper and senior information security analyst at Emerald Management Group. “Big data provides an important opportunity to deliver value from information, but an enterprise will be more successful in the long run if policies and frameworks such as COBIT are put into place first.”
By Lee Fleming
The vital importance of developing a disaster recovery plan – and testing it regularly.
Not that long ago, to prepare for an IT disaster (either manmade or natural), hospitals and other healthcare facilities cared only about having some sort of back-up system in place. They still kept patient information on paper charts along with medicine prescriptions should their IT system collapse.
Then the concept of “disaster recovery” emerged. Hospitals became more sophisticated, relying on computerized storage. Today, it’s the high availability of IT that matters, not disaster recovery. The new motto is: “Let’s make sure we don’t have to recover.”
PHILADELPHIA – Recently a council was formed to gain a better understanding of Disaster Recovery (DR) best practices and make preparedness more cost-effective and efficient. This Disaster Recovery Preparedness (DRP) Council was created by IT business, government and academic leaders to address these issues, with its mission to increase DR Preparedness awareness and improve DR practices.
Organizations around the globe have participated in an online Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark (DRPB) Survey created by the council that launched just over a month ago. This survey is designed to give business continuity, disaster recovery, compliance audit and risk management professionals a measure of their own preparedness in recovering critical IT systems running in virtual environments.
“Something is happening here, but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr Jones?”
Bob Dylan's lyrics come to mind with the findings of Deloitte’s second Data Nation survey of consumers’ and citizens’ attitudes towards how companies and public sector organisations collect and analyse their personal data. For it reveals a 10% drop in people fully aware of what is being done with their information.
Peter Gooch, privacy practice leader at Deloitte said this shows that people are: “More aware that something is happening with their data, but they don't know what that is and there is increased nervousness.
“There is no real sign of a tipping point, where people see their own data as an asset that can be exploited. Consumers recognise their data as an asset to the extent that they want to protect it, but not to the extent of exploiting it.
The frequency and potential impacts of information security breaches are increasing. Dr. Jim Kennedy explains why and looks at what organizations can do about it.
Computer, network, and information security is based on three pillars: confidentiality, integrity, and availability. In my business as an information & cyber security, business continuity and disaster recovery consultant, I see every day how various sized and types of companies address these three areas. Some very well, some not so well, and some really poorly.
Given all the regulations and standards (like HIPAA, SOX, NERC-CIP, FISMA, PIPEDA, and etc.), developed and published over the last five years you would think that business and government should be doing much better in securing their computing systems and network infrastructures. However, based on the on-going events prominent in the press and trade journals almost every day this does not seem to be the case.
We continue to be informed that government agencies and private sector companies continue to have numerous cases of data leakage: a politically correct way of saying data loss, theft, or compromise. We hear about the theft of credit card and personal information and worst of all we hear of companies that have lost critical personal and health related information despite the many security controls that were supposed to be in place. Worse yet we hear of extremely large sums of monies extorted from banks and other financial institutions and also of the fragility of our power grids and gas distribution systems world-wide.
NOAA has issued an updated Atlantic hurricane season forecast, saying that the season is shaping up to be above normal with the possibility that it could be very active. The season has already produced four named storms, with the peak of the season – mid-August through October – yet to come.
“Our confidence for an above-normal season is still high because the predicted atmospheric and oceanic conditions that are favorable for storm development have materialized,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “Also, two of the four named storms to-date formed in the deep tropical Atlantic, which historically is an indicator of an active season.”
The conditions in place now are similar to those that have produced many active Atlantic hurricane seasons since 1995, and include above-average Atlantic sea surface temperatures and a stronger rainy season in West Africa, which produces wind patterns that help turn storm systems there into tropical storms and hurricanes.
The updated outlook calls for a 70 percent chance of an above-normal season. Across the Atlantic Basin for the entire season – June 1 to November 30 – NOAA’s updated seasonal outlook (which includes the activity to date of tropical storms Andrea, Barry, Chantal, and Dorian) projects a 70 percent chance for each of the following ranges:
13 to 19 named storms (top winds of 39 mph or higher), including6 to 9 hurricanes (top winds of 74 mph or higher), of which 3 to 5 could be major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of at least 111 mph)
These ranges are above the 30-year seasonal averages of 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.
The updated outlook is similar to the pre-season outlook issued in May, but with a reduced expectation for extreme levels of activity. Motivating this change is a decreased likelihood that La Niña will develop and bring its reduced wind shear that further strengthens the hurricane season. Other factors are the lack of hurricanes through July, more variability in the wind patterns across the tropical Atlantic Ocean and slightly lower hurricane season model predictions. In May, the outlook called for 13-20 named storms, 7-11 hurricanes and 3-6 major hurricanes.
The consortium aims to provide advanced server, networking, storage and graphics technology to give more control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud datacentres.
IBM will license designs of the Power microprocessor architecture to other companies in the consortium including Google, as part of an effort to expand use of the architecture and reverse declines in its systems hardware business. Meanwhile, component companies will be able to make hardware that can be integrated, or attached, to the processor.
‘How do you eat an elephant’ is the age-old metaphorical business question. ‘One piece at a time’ is the answer. Big problems can be broken down into smaller ones, which can in turn be broken down again, until you get to a level where you can see your way to solutions. Project management and production assembly lines work on the same basis, although the concern is that the whole does not become less than the sum of the parts. In a recent development in IT security and business continuity, a similar divide and conquer strategy uses virtualisation to isolate individual IT activities instead of applying malware detection techniques to a system as a whole.
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and AARP announced an agreement that will expand outreach around emergency preparedness for millions of older Americans. FEMA and AARP will work together to provide resources and services for older Americans with respect to disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery operations in the event of natural, man-made or technological disasters.
“This agreement today puts into writing what FEMA and AARP already do in practice,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “FEMA and AARP will continue to support communities and individuals to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.”
“We know that natural disasters don’t discriminate by age, income, race, gender or anything else – they affect everyone and everything in their path,” said AARP CEO A. Barry Rand. “We look forward to working with FEMA to educate American families on preparedness and help in recovery when disasters do strike.”
This agreement strengthens the shared responsibility approach to emergency management and will improve access to information to help individuals, families and communities stay safe before, during and after an emergency or disaster. This is an opportunity for FEMA and AARP to collaborate on emergency preparedness communications including social media outreach, training and exercise and evaluation opportunities that will raise awareness and help individuals to take the necessary steps to be prepared for emergencies.
AARP has long been an active educator on emergency preparedness and ready to help when disaster strikes. Through the AARP Foundation, the Create the Good volunteer network, emergency planning toolkits and recovery efforts following recent natural disasters AARP has supported local communities as they prepare for and recover from the devastation caused by natural disasters. As part of this agreement AARP hopes to be a stronger partner with communities, especially those struggling to recover from disaster.
Severe weather does not follow the calendar and now that we are well into hurricane season, we are reminding everyone to Pledge to Prepare. An informed and motivated public will transform the way the nation prepares for and responds to hurricanes and other disasters and will ultimately save more lives and livelihoods.
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.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.AARP.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.